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Ottawa sanctions more people, cuts imports and exports in response to Russian-Ukraine war

Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 4:25 PM | By Terry Davidson


Canada is imposing sanctions on 14 more people and banning the import and export of certain luxury goods in its ongoing response to Russia’s “egregious and unjustifiable” invasion of Ukraine.

According to a May 20 news release, the federal government has imposed restrictions on an additional 14 people who “have directly enabled Vladimir Putin’s senseless war in Ukraine and bear responsibility for the pain and suffering of the people of Ukraine.”

The new individuals now facing sanctions include Russian oligarchs, their families and “close associates of the Putin regime.”

Ottawa is also banning import of Russian “luxury goods,” including seafood, fish, “non-industrial” diamonds and various alcoholic beverages.

(In late February, Canadian liquor stores began removing Russian vodka and other Russian-made beverages from store shelves as a response to Russia invading Ukraine.)

There will also be a ban on certain luxury exports to Russia, including tobacco, sportswear, certain textile goods, luxury clothing and accessories, jewelry, art and alcoholic drinks.   

“These bans will ensure that Canada is aligned with similar measures imposed by like-minded partners, including the United States and the European Union, and will help to mitigate the potential for Russian oligarchs to circumvent restrictions in other luxury goods markets,” states the release.

It goes on to state that the “measures will help maintain further pressure on the Russian regime to cease its unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.”

“Canada will not relent in holding those responsible for the war in Ukraine to account, and it will continue to work with its partners in the international community to support Ukraine and its people as they fight to defend their sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence.”

Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Since then, Canada’s government has imposed sanctions on more than 1,000 “individuals and entities” from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

In April, Ottawa continued adding to its sanction list and joined the U.S. and the European Union in imposing sanctions on Putin’s two daughters — Maria Vorontsova, a doctor who leads state-funded research programs, and Katerina Tikhonova, a tech executive in Russia’s defence sector.

Also announced May 20 was that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened the Incident Response Group with ministers and senior officials to discuss the latest developments in the Ukraine situation.

According to a separate news release, the group “discussed the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to assist the people of Ukraine, including those seeking refuge in Canada.”

“In addition to the regular arrival of Ukrainians to Canada, three charter flights from Poland will be arriving in Canada in the coming weeks as part of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel program,” it states. “The group also discussed financial supports, interim accommodations, and plans to launch a family sponsorship pathway for up to 10,000 new permanent residents.”

During the meeting, Trudeau discussed the impacts of the invasion on Ukraine’s people, its infrastructure and its economy, as well as its global impact on food security and energy prices.

There was also discussion around how to help.

“They assessed options for increasing federal efforts underway to provide humanitarian and agricultural development support. They further discussed how Canada could help alleviate current pressures on supply chains in the medium and long term, including by increasing food production and processing.”

It was also announced by the G7 finance ministers, the Central Bank Governors and Canadian Deputy Minister Chrystia Freeland that an additional loan of $250 million will be given to Ukraine through the International Monetary Fund.

This money is separate from “significant assistance committed through military aid, humanitarian response efforts, and immigration measures,” according to news release.

With this, Canada’s financial commitment to Ukraine has totalled almost $1.9 billion this year, it goes on to state.

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