Turkey decries ‘double standard’ immediately after Canada halts drone tech sales

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Canada’s conclusion to suspend exports of some armed service know-how around allegations the machines was utilized by Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict exhibits a double regular, Turkey’s foreign ministry reported on Tuesday.

“Turkey expects Canada to abide by a policy totally free of double expectations and to act without having being motivated from all those opposed to Turkey,” the ministry reported in a statement.

“There is no rationalization of blocking defence tools exports to a NATO ally though … Canada does not see any harm in exporting arms to international locations that have army involvement in the crisis in Yemen,” it claimed.

Turkey meticulously sticks to its obligations underneath its detailed export-management regime, the ministry added.

Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Monday Canada suspended the export of some drone know-how to Turkey although it investigates whether it was applied by Azeri forces in additional than a 7 days of intense clashes with Armenia.

Turkey has in the past equipped drones to Azerbaijan and has recurring it stands firmly beside its close ally in the conflict around the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh location.

Canadian arms management team Task Ploughshares suggests movie of air strikes released by Baku indicates the drones had been geared up with imaging and focusing on units produced by L3Harris Wescam, the Canada-centered device of L3Harris Systems Inc.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused just about every other of attacking civilian spots and hundreds of people today have been killed in the deadliest clashes in the location for far more than 25 yrs. NATO has urged an quick ceasefire.

(Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun Enhancing by Jonathan Spicer)