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Towards a resumption of arms sales from Canada to Turkey?

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and some of his ministers at a technology and technology fair 'aeronautics in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2020. (File photo)

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Canada and Turkey would have reached an agreement to revive Canadian exports of drone parts in exchange for greater transparency on their use from Ankara, the Reuters news agency reported Friday, citing two sources who requested anonymity .

This agreement would come into force once Ankara has finalized its ratification of Sweden's candidacy for NATO, according to these same sources. /p>

Canada suspended arms exports to Turkey, its NATO ally, in October 2020, after an investigation concluded that Turkish-made military drones used by Azerbaijan in the conflict with Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, were equipped with Canadian targeting systems.

These electro-optical sensors allow drones to have capabilities detection, their laser-guided missiles can thus reach their targets. Without MX-15 cameras, remotely controlled aircraft would be blind and airstrikes impossible.

The equipment in question is manufactured at the L3Harris Wescam company facilities in Burlington, Ontario.

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Earlier this week, the Turkish Parliament ratified Stockholm's candidacy for membership in the Atlantic Alliance and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed the accession law, after 20 months of negotiations that tested the patience of Turkey's Western allies. #x27;Ankara, eager to form a united front against Moscow in the context of the invasion of Ukraine.

According to NATO regulations, ratification documents must, to be finalized, be deposited with the United States Department of Archives, Washington.

At the beginning of December, Mr. Erdogan added as a condition for Ankara's ratification the simultaneous approval by the American Congress of the sale of F-16 fighter planes to Turkey.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Shortly after the ratification of the Turkish Parliament, American President Joe Biden sent a letter to the leaders of the main committees on Capitol Hill to inform them of his intention to ;start the formal process of notifying F-16 sales to Ankara.

According to Reuters, citing a source informed of the matter, the agreement between Ottawa and Ankara on the resumption of Canadian arms exports was concluded at the beginning of January after months negotiations.

Under the agreement, Turkey commits to greater transparency on the end use of Canadian-made drone parts, including whether they are transported to other non-NATO countries, said confidential sources to Reuters.

In a statement sent by email to Radio-Canada, Global Affairs Canada did not deny this information, affirming that Ottawa and Ankara continue to have frank exchanges on their bilateral, economic and commercial relations.

Although these export controls are still in place, Canada's goal has always been to resolve this issue, given that Turkey is a NATO ally.

A quote from Charlotte MacLeod, spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada

The Turkish embassy in Ottawa still has no responded to requests for information from Radio-Canada at the time of publication of this article.

Before suspending its arms exports to Turkey, the value of these sales represented approximately 150 million Canadian dollars in 2019, according to official data.

With information from Reuters

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