Canada sends military equipment to Ukraine in response to Russia’s food bans
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced “yet another action that Canada is taking to help the people of Ukraine put an end to the insurgency”, The country has started to provide Ukraine with non-lethal military equipment to help the country protect its eastern border from pro-Russian militants.
“This equipment – which includes helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first aid kits, tents and sleeping bags – will provide physical and medical protection to those on the front lines against the insurgency,” Prime Minister Harper said. “The logistic equipment provided will allow Ukrainian security and border authorities to better detect and track the movement of illicit goods and people. It is what Ukraine has asked us for and we are delivering.”
This comes as a response the Russia’s recent ban on various food and agricultural products that are imported from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Norway, and Australia. Considering that Canada exported $1.7 worth of goods to Russia in 2012, it goes without saying that the country has a pretty significant stake in trade with Russia. Canada will lose $500 million annually from Russia’s ban on imported pork alone.
“We will not be intimidated by these kinds of tactics,” Canadian Industry Minister James Moore said following the Russian announcement.
“Ukraine has asked for this and once again we are delivering,” Defense Minister Rob Nicholson said. “The Putin regime has not provided any indication they are prepared to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity or use their control over Russian-backed agents to end the violence in Ukraine. We will be using this equipment to end war as fast as possible,” he said. “We will be able to save more lives, both troops and civilians, and even the separatists themselves.”
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