OTTAWA—Canada is limiting the funds of one other 129 folks, corporations and organizations over Russia’s remedy of Ukraine.
Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced the extra sanctions at present, calling the measures a response to the continued occupation of Crimea and the Russian arrests of Ukrainian sailors within the Black Sea final November.
These arrests got here in a naval confrontation within the Kerch Strait, an import marine hyperlink for southern Ukraine that runs previous the Crimean Peninsula. The Russians planted a freighter throughout the slender strait, asserted it was Russian territorial water and seized two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug. They took 24 sailors into custody.
“Canada and its allies are unwavering in our assist for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Freeland mentioned in a press release. “Russia’s provocations within the Kerch Strait and its unlawful invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea is not going to go unchecked.”
Canada’s most distinguished new targets are Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and present chairman of Russian’s state oil firm, and Vladimir Yakunin, a former president of the state-owned Russian railway system. The record additionally features a former Russian justice minister and envoy of President Vladimir Putin, mid-ranking public officers, and industrial issues corresponding to plane companies and a shipyard.
The restrictions freeze any belongings the targets have underneath Canadian jurisdiction and forbid Canadians and anybody in Canada to do enterprise with these named on the record. The Canadian authorities has additionally tightly restricted dealings with the Russian monetary and oil sectors.
International Affairs Canada says the variety of folks and entities sanctioned over Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine has now reached 429.
The connection between Ukraine and Russia has grown ever extra tense since protests drove Ukraine’s Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovych from workplace in 2014.
Russia responded by occupying Crimea and serving to separatists in jap Ukrainian provinces near the Russian border start a violent rise up.
The brand new sanctions record consists of figures within the separatist governments arrange in these provinces.