Canada supports the initiative of the Czech Republic to urgently deliver tens of thousands of artillery shells from various countries to Ukraine.

This is reported by CBC News with reference to the sources of the Ministry of Defense of Canada.

While details are still being worked out, sources say the Canadian government could contribute up to C$30 million (US$22 million) to implement the plan proposed by Czech President Petr Pavel.

Canadian Defense Minister Bill Blair said he was talking to the Czechs, but would not reveal all the details at this time.

"I have entered into a memorandum of understanding with one of our European allies, the Czech Republic, regarding the possible acquisition of munitions that they currently have, which will allow us ... to provide them to Ukraine more quickly as we ramp up our own production," Blair said. .

At the same time, Canada's allies fear that Ottawa may invest in munitions production through the Czech Republic, while continuing to delay the expansion of weapons production capacity in its own country.

Canadian Deputy Defense Minister Bill Matthews said that Canada and the US have held bilateral talks on how to increase arms supplies to Ukraine.

We will remind you that at the Munich Security Conference, the President of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel, said that the Czech Republic had found up to 800,000 standard NATO-caliber shells and Soviet-caliber shells from unknown non-NATO countries for Ukraine. But these shells have to be paid for.

It was also reported that the European Union promises Ukraine up to 2 million shells annually for the needs of the Armed Forces.

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