Canada's Foreign Secretary: Ukraine on AFCCL is only the first step
Canadian Foreign Secretary Chrystia Freeland says putting Ukraine on the Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL) is only the first step, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin after their bilateral meeting in Kyiv on December 21, she said Ukraine had been added to the list of countries where Canadian manufacturers are allowed to sell weapons.
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"First of all, there must be a request for the purchase of weapons, and then the process begins. Up to this point, there have been no requests since December 13 – the process has not begun yet," Freeland said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Government of Canada determined that Ukraine was an appropriate destination for inclusion on the AFCCL, including further to the signature of a Defence Cooperation Arrangement and consultation with the Minister of National Defence.