Canada urges US to expedite NASAMS delivery to Ukraine — report


Canada has formally requested the United States to “expedite” the delivery of a NASAMS air defense system to Ukraine, which was paid for almost a year ago, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported on Jan. 17.

The newspaper cited Canadian officials who stated that the air defense system was purchased by the Canadian government in March 2023. Its shipment has been delayed due to the need for an arms sale agreement to be concluded between the United States and Ukraine, negotiations of which are still ongoing.

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Journalists report that last week Canada's Defense Minister Bill Blair likely met with U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Cohen to urge a speedy delivery of the crucial air defense asset.

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On Jan. 1, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. The Ukrainian leader thanked the prime minister for his work in strengthening Ukraine's air defenses as Russia continues its air strike campaign against Ukrainian cities.

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