Ottawa imposes more sanctions on Russia

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday the federal government will impose yet another round of economic sanctions against Russia, in response to that country’s invasion of Ukraine.

It comes as Trudeau attends the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, where on the first day of the summit, he held bilateral meetings with several world leaders — including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Russia’s brutal and unjustifiable invasion has caused immeasurable pain and suffering in Ukraine and all over the world – from loss of life and home to food and energy insecurity,” he said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “reckless” rhetoric is a big threat.

“Our message from Hiroshima is clear: G7 partners will continue to apply pressure on Russia to end its war of choice, and we will not be intimidated by nuclear rhetoric as we continue our pursuit of a more peaceful, stable, and secure future for everyone.”

Ottawa said the new sanctions will effect 17 individuals and 18 entities linked to Russian companies that provide military technology and know-how to Russia’s armed forces, family members of listed persons and members of the Kremlin.

It also includes sanctions on 30 individuals and eight entities involved in Russia’s alleged human rights violations, including the transfer and custody of Ukrainian children in Russia.

Canada has imposed sanctions on over 2,500 Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians since Russia’s occupation of Crimea in 2014. Meanwhile, Canada has committed since January 2022 more than $8 billion in financial support to Ukraine.

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