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Canada will allocate another $44 million for defense in Ukraine

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The contribution will be used to support the creation of a sustainable F-16 fighter capability in Ukraine, the Canadian Minister of Defense said.

Canada will allocate 60 million Canadian dollars (about 44 million US dollars) for the defense of Ukraine. The Canadian Minister of National Defense, Bill Blair, announced this on Wednesday, February 14, at a meeting in the Ramstein format, writes the Public.

Canada will reportedly make a new $60 million contribution to the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) Air Force Capacity Building Coalition.

According to Blair, the contribution is aimed at supporting the development of a sustainable F-16 fighter capability in Ukraine, especially the supply of essential materials and equipment for the F-16, in addition to the support previously provided for it. purpose.

Blair recalled that Canada provides instructors, aircraft and support personnel for the training of pilots of the Ukrainian Air Force in cooperation with Denmark and France, the training will continue until next year. More than 30 Ukrainian F-16 pilots are being trained at the Canadian Armed Forces language school.

The minister added that since February 2022, Canada has provided more than $2.4 billion in military aid to Ukraine.

“And we will support Ukraine as long as necessary. In addition, since 2015, Canadian troops have trained more than 40,000 Ukrainian troops as part of Operation Unifier,” Blair said.

We remind you that Ramstein 19 was supposed to be held in Brussels, but the personal meeting was canceled due to the hospitalization of Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin. He will participate in the meeting online.

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