Canada expands Russia sanctions

Canada expands Russia sanctions

Canada announced a new round of Russian sanctions, imposing restrictive measures against 39 individuals and 25 legal entities.

This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, an Ukrinform correspondent saw.

"Canada is imposing sanctions on 20 individuals and 21 entities linked to Russia's military industrial complex, as well as on 19 people and 4 entities from the cultural and educational sectors of Russia," the statement reads.

It is noted that the new Canadian sanctions included individuals “linked to private military companies and so-called voluntary organizations that support Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.”

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“These include prominent Wagner Group figures who have been active in both Ukraine and Africa, including Ivan Maslov, the head of the Wagner Group section that contributed to the massacre of civilians in Moura, Mali, in March 2022,” the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

In addition, in conjunction with international partners, Canada is introducing sanctions against the leaders of the Russian nuclear sector in order to increase pressure on the Kremlin for its reckless actions in Ukraine, which have “significantly increased” the risk of a nuclear accident, especially at the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

“The sanctions also target a number of Russian individuals who were involved in the development, manufacturing and supply chain of the Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle," the ministry noted.

Also, Canada added to the sanctions list persons “who support Kremlin efforts to ‘russify’ Ukrainian culture.”

“These sanctions target Russian singers, actors and filmmakers, as well as entities and senior officials of the Russian cultural sector, such as the Minister of Culture and heads of major museums, and are a direct response to these efforts to impose Russian culture and education on parts of Ukraine currently under temporary Russian occupation,” the ministry concluded.

Note that since early 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions against 2,600 individuals and legal entities in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova, involved in violating Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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