Tuesday, March 28 2017 15:55 EEST
Canada
Canadian Parliament received petition asking to give weapons to Ukraine
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The Canadian parliament has registered an electronic petition urging the government to begin deliveries of lethal weapons to Ukraine.

The petition lacks just 400 more signatures in order for to be submitted to the parliament for discussion, the report says.

On his Facebook page, Conservative Party deputy James Bezan called for signing the petition and sending a signal to the government.

"The fighting in Eastern Ukraine has increased in the battle against Russian-backed rebels. Ukraine needs lethal defensive aid to protect its citizens and its sovereignty. Sign the petition and send a message to the Liberals!" Bezan wrote on his Facebook page.

Earlier in March, Canada assured Ukraine of continued support. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland stressed the importance of the Canadian military training mission in Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada also appealed to the United States with a request to grant Ukraine the status of Major non-NATO ally.

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