According to Turkish news agency AA, Canada has lifted an arms trade embargo on Turkey that also applied to unmanned aerial vehicle equipment.
The Canadian government announced that it has lifted export restrictions imposed since 2020 on defense industry companies wishing to sell to Turkey.
In a statement made to exporter companies on the government’s official website, it was stated that the restrictions are no longer in force.
In the statement, it was reminded that on April 16, 2020, a rejection policy was started to be applied to applications for the export of certain items related to the defense industry to Turkey, “As of the date of this notification, the possible rejection policy is no longer in effect”.
It was noted that export and brokerage permit applications to Turkey by exporter groups, including the list of ammunition, will now be reviewed on a case-by-case basis under Canada’s risk assessment framework.
The statement also cited standard wording in similar export licenses internationally, including requiring guarantees in the case of sales to third countries and some references to human rights law.
The decision comes shortly after Turkey’s approval of Sweden’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).