Suspension of arm sales not in line with spirit of alliance, Erdoğan tells Trudeau
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday that Canada's recent decision to suspend export of military equipment to Turkey is not in line with the spirit of alliance, news website Duvar reported.
Earlier this month, Canada suspended arms exports to Turkey as it investigates the use of Canadian technology in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Canadian Foreign Minister, François-Philippe Champagne, said in a tweet message that due to ongoing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, relevant export permits to Turkey would be suspended to allow time to further assess the situation.
"Over the last several days, certain allegations have been made regarding Canadian technology being used in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh," he said.
According to Turkish readout distributed by the state news agency, Anadolu, in the same call Erdoğan told Trudeau that the only solution in Nagorno-Karabakh was Armenia's withdrawal.
Azeri forces started battling Armenian forces over the disputed areas around Nagorno-Karabakh on Sept. 27.
Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a war over the region between 1988 and 1994, resulting in some 30,000 deaths and about 1 million more displaced people. They declared a ceasefire in 1994 but have failed to agree to a peace treaty. The United Nations Security Council passed a number of resolutions calling on Armenia to withdraw from disputed areas.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, which is co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States, is tasked to find a diplomatic solution between the parties and reaching a peaceful solution.
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev has confirmed the use of Turkish-made armed drones in the conflict, without giving an exact number.