Ankara urges Canada to review defence industry restrictions

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Monday urged NATO ally Canada to review defence industry restrictions, which it imposed on Ankara last year, TRT network reported, citing diplomatic sources.

Cavuşolu made the remarks during a phone call with his Canadian counterpart Marc Garneau, it said.

The Canadian federal government in October suspended the export of some drone technology to Turkey amid an investigation by Ottawa that the equipment was being used by the Azerbaijani military against Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey’s foreign ministry described the move at the time as a double standard that was not in line with the spirit of their alliance.

The embargo includes camera systems for Baykar armed drones, which have also played decisive roles in foreign military interventions in Syria and Libya.

Canada suspended export licences in 2019 during Turkish military activities in war-torn Syria, after which restrictions were eased, only to be reimposed during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of last year.