Canadian authorities are being accused of failing to cooperate with Ukraine in a defense sphere, as well as for not providing satellite information to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
It had been established that after the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Ukraine that help would be provided. However, the volume of this assistance is far from what is required for Ukraine as the country strives to confront its aggressor in the east.
The Canadian Shadow Defense Minister, James Bezan, is outraged by the results of military cooperation between the two countries.
“Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent visit to Ukraine provided an opportunity to reaffirm Canada’s support for the country. Unfortunately, instead of a declaration of an increase in Ukrainian support, we learned that we will actually be doing less,” Bezan, who is in opposition to the current government, said.
According to him, the refusal of Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan to accompany Trudeau on this visit is a sign of obvious changes in relations between the two countries. The absence of the minister was due to the fact that the military cooperation agreement, which has been in negotiations since the previous government, has still not been signed.
According to Bezan, one of the most important cases of this lack of support was Canada’s refusal to provide Ukraine with satellite images of eastern Ukraine. This negatively affected the position of the Ukrainian soldiers on the front line.
“The cancellation of this important service without warning or explanation should have been impossible. This is because last year, the Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, promised the provision of this kind of information,” Bezan said in outrage.
The Canadian opposition believes that their government can easily provide Ukraine with much more assistance.
During Trudeau’s visit to Ukraine on the 11th of July, he announced that funds would be allocated to help internally displaced people. He also stressed the need to increase the police presence, and he called for an increase in OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine.