Justin Trudeau does not rule out a scenario where Canada would imitate some of its European allies by sending tanks to Ukraine, which is facing an upsurge in Russian attacks.
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Questioned on this subject on the sidelines of a press conference in Saskatchewan, the Prime Minister indicated that his government would look at “all the necessary requests”.
“We sent a lot of different types of armament including anti-aircraft missile batteries. We are always here to do more,” he said.
Canada mainly owns Leopard 2 type tanks, developed by the German gunsmith Knauss-Maffei. It is one of the most used assault tanks by NATO forces.
Western countries are so worried about sending tanks to Ukraine, they’re arguing about what is and isn’t a “tank.” We offer our humble suggestion. pic.twitter.com/MNU50lw4O1
— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) January 12, 2023
Taken out of context, Prime Minister Trudeau’s remarks remain rather general. However, you should know that in recent weeks, some European countries have promised to send tanks to Ukraine, including Poland.
The United Kingdom is the latest in the running to promise to send some of its Challenger 2 tanks. The country is also putting pressure on Germany to do the same. For its part, France has promised to deliver “light” armored vehicles, but does not undertake to offer Leclerc, a heavy tank of French manufacture.
In a stylish video released last Thursday, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry mocked Western countries’ hesitation.
“Western countries are so worried about sending tanks to Ukraine that they argue about what is or is not a ‘tank’. Here is our suggestion…”, one can read.
Canada promised last week to send Ukraine an advanced NASAMS air defense system, co-manufactured by the American Raytheon and the Norwegian Kongsberg, at a cost of $404 million.
A document prepared in December by the US Congressional Research Service indicated that the time required for the delivery of a NASAMS system was two years.
In an email, the Canadian Ministry of Defense said that “delays remain to be confirmed and cannot be disclosed for security reasons”.
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