Canada will verify Turkey’s use of “as intended” arms transfers

By | October 2, 2020
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Canada will suspend the arms export authorization to Turkey if it is proved that the equipment is not used for its intended purpose, said Foreign Minister of Canada Francois-Philippe Champagne.
Earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in an interview with Canadian media demanded that Turkey’s NATO allies explain why Turkish F-16s are shelling Karabakh, as civilians are dying in the process.
“I immediately instructed our officials to investigate… allegations. I am prepared to suspend or cancel any permit… if it is found to be misused,” the Canadian minister told Canadian Press.
The situation on the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on the morning of September 27. The unrecognized republic said the Azerbaijani army opened fire on its territory, including the capital Stepanakert. There have been casualties among the civilian population.
Baku and Yerevan blame each other for the escalation. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claims that the Armenian side started shelling, while the Azerbaijani forces only carry out a counteroffensive operation. According to Yerevan, Karabakh was subjected to air and missile strikes by Azerbaijan, which received support from Turkey.
All parties to the conflict declared full or partial mobilization. The world community, including Russia, calls the opposing sides for restraint.