Canada imposes additional sanctions to exert further pressure on Russian regime
May 31, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing egregious and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.
These new measures also impose restrictions on 22 individuals and 4 entities. Among the individuals and entities listed are senior officials of Russian financial institutions and their family members, as well as key financial institutions and banks.
The measures announced today apply further pressure on the Russian leadership to end its senseless war, which has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives, jeopardized the food security of millions and caused untold pain and suffering. Canada continues to call for a diplomatic solution.
These measures are the latest example of Canada’s unwavering commitment to Ukraine and its people. The measures also demonstrate that Canada is a leader in the broad international effort to hold the Russian leadership accountable and defend Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. Canada will continue to explore new ways to exert pressure on the Russian regime.
“For every action taken by President Putin to undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity, Canada will not hesitate to take appropriate countermeasures. Canada will relentlessly pursue accountability for the Russian regime’s unjustifiable acts. We stand with Ukraine and its people.”
- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Since Russia’s illegal occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,500 individuals and entities. Many of these sanctions have been undertaken in coordination with Canada’s allies and partners. Canada’s latest sanctions, like its previous ones, impose asset freezes and prohibitions on listed individuals and entities.
Since Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,050 individuals and entities from and in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
In March 2022, Canada referred the situation in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court (ICC), in concert with other ICC member states, in light of the numerous allegations of serious international crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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