Canada’s Foreign Minister announced the cancellation of suspended export permits for Turkey in October 2020.
The Canadian government has revoked permits to export military goods and technology to Turkey as a result of allegations that Azerbaijan used Canadian technology in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau,
Canadian technology being exported to Turkey after this examination finds reliable evidence used in the Nagorno-Karabakh today, 2020 I announce the cancellation of permits suspended in the autumn.”
In his words, he stated the embargo to be applied to Turkey.
Garneu said he met with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in the early morning hours of April 12, 2021 to start a dialogue mechanism to ensure more cooperation on export permits. Canadian Foreign Minister had announced in October 2020 that suspended export permits for Turkey. Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in a statement,
“In the past few days, there have been some allegations that Canadian technology was used in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. After learning of these allegations, I immediately directed Global Affairs Canada to investigate these allegations. In accordance with Canada’s strong export control regime and due to ongoing conflicts, I have suspended the relevant export permits for Turkey in order to allow time to assess the situation in more detail.”
he made statements.
Earlier, Canada announced that Turkey had indefinitely extended its arms embargo since October 2019 due to the “Operation Spring of Peace” launched in Syria against the terrorist organization PKK/YPG. However, Bayraktar announced that it approved the sale of UAV optics used in TB2 S/UAVs to Turkey.
Baykar and TAI, one of the main UAV manufacturers in Turkey, use Canadian producer Wescam’s electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera systems for armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles. While Bayraktar TB2 produced by Baykar is used in UAVs, it is used in TAI and ANKA UAVs.
Last year, Turkey delivered 4 Canadian-made Bombardier Global 6000 type aircraft for use as part of the air SOJ project.