Canada suspends drone engineering revenue to Turkey immediately after promises of use by Azeri forces

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada has suspended the export of some drone technologies to Turkey when it probes allegations the products was utilised by Azeri forces involved in battling with Armenia, a senior official stated on Monday.

Task Ploughshares, a Canadian arms command group, claims movie of air strikes produced by Baku implies the drones experienced been equipped with imaging and focusing on units produced by L3Harris Wescam, the Canada-based mostly device of L3Harris Systems Inc .

“In line with Canada’s sturdy export regulate regime and owing to the ongoing hostilities, I have suspended the suitable export permits to Turkey, so as to enable time to more assess the situation,” claimed Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.

The World and Mail reported L3Harris Wescam experienced gained authorization this year to ship 7 programs to Turkish drone maker Baykar. Turkey is a critical ally of Azerbaijan, whose forces are preventing Armenians over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Separately, Primary Minister Justin Trudeau instructed reporters he experienced questioned Champagne to journey to Europe “to go over with our allies the developments in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, especially in Nagorno-Karabakh”.

He did not give more specifics and an aide to Champagne mentioned the actual itinerary had not nevertheless been labored out.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren and Julie Gordon Enhancing by Richard Chang)