April 12, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Our Government has been clear that we cannot sit by while Russia illegally occupies Ukraine, violating its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“Today, we are imposing sanctions on two additional individuals and on a Crimean oil and gas company. We remain steadfast in our support for Ukraine and will continue to work with allies and like-minded countries to apply pressure to Russia until it de-escalates the situation in Ukraine.
“Russia’s continued provocative actions in Crimea and elsewhere are completely unacceptable.
“Canada and its allies are prepared to take additional steps that will further isolate Russia economically and politically.”
A backgrounder follows.
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Canada is imposing economic sanctions and travel bans against the following two additional officials who bear responsibility for the crisis:
- Valery Medvedev, Chair of the Sevastopol Electoral Commission
- Mikhail Malyshev, Chair of the Crimean Electoral Commission
Canada is also imposing economic sanctions against the following organization, which has been subjected to illegal expropriation: