Canada announces new sanctions against Russia and Belarus | war in Ukraine

The new Canadian sanctions include 46 entities linked to Russia’s defense sector and 15 Ukrainians supporting Russia’s occupation of the country. The Canadian government is also imposing sanctions on 13 people associated with government and defense and 2 entities in Belarus.

Trudeau said Canada is also planning sanctions state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda agents and entities controlled by senior Russian government officials. Canada will also ban the export of advanced technologies that the Russian defense industry could use to improve its manufacturing capacity, such as B. Quantum computers.

Canada has also banned the export of advanced technology and goods that could be used to manufacture weapons in Belarus, as well as the import and export of a wide range of luxury goods between Canada and Belarus.

Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that Canada, along with the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, will ban the import of certain gold items from Russia. which will lead to the exclusion of this product from the official international markets and further isolating Russia from the international financial system.

Russia on Sunday came close to defaulting on its external debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. However, Moscow calls any default “artificial” because Russia says it has the money to pay its debt but says the sanctions have frozen its foreign exchange reserves held abroad.

Russia on Monday announced its own new sanctions against Canada, targeting 43 Canadians including former Prime Minister adviser Gerry Butts and Conservative strategist Jenni Byrne.

Virtual President Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the heads of state and government of the G7 countries and the European Union on Monday morning.

Photo: Getty Images/Pool/Christian Bruna

Canada’s new sanctions were announced Monday in a written statement following a two-hour virtual meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and G7 leaders at their summit in Bavaria. Mr Zelensky told leaders that Ukraine would need help to rebuild its infrastructure.

The heads of state and government of the G7 were gathered in a magnificent, bright room at the Schloss Elmau resort, a veritable castle on a mountain surrounded by flowering meadows. Mr. Zelensky appeared on a screen staring at the group with a stoic face against a gray background.

The armed conflict in Ukraine is a common thread running through Prime Minister Trudeau’s meetings with his international counterparts, as was the case at the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting in Rwanda last week.

Zelenskyy thanked G7 leaders for their support and outlined Ukraine’s calls for tougher sanctions against Russia, including more defensive military support and help to rebuild bombed and devastated communities and infrastructure once the conflict subsides, Canadian officials said asked for anonymity. The President of Ukraine reportedly argued that governments should start thinking about this work now.

Mr Trudeau spoke to Mr Zelensky on the first day of the G7 summit to find out what he expects from leaders. According to the Ukrainian President’s Twitter account, the couple spoke of increased defense support for the besieged country.

Priority for Ukraine at G7 summit

Justin Trudeau and Olaf Scholz at the G7 summit in Germany

Photo: The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

The leaders of the world’s most developed economies spent their first meeting on Monday discussing the war and listening to Mr Zelensky’s pleas for more help.

Before the meeting, Mr. Trudeau and the summit’s host, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, chatted while walking from the villa to one of the meadows between the luxurious castle and the breathtaking view of the Bavarian mountains.

OTAN“,”text”:”Nous nous assurons que tout en aidant l’Ukraine autant que possible, nous évitons également qu’il y ait un important conflit entre la Russie et l’OTAN”}}”>We make sure to help Ukraine as much as we can, but also avoid a major conflict between Russia and the USNatoMr Scholz told the media at a photo op with Mr Trudeau.

Last night in Kyiv, the general calm that had lasted for weeks was destroyed by Russian rocket fire. The rockets hit a kindergarten and a residential building, killing a man and injuring a woman and a child, the capital’s mayor said.

If G7 leaders unanimously condemn Russia, they must meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was invited to the summit but has also strengthened economic and diplomatic ties with Moscow in recent months.

Mr. Trudeau will also meet Mr. Modi in person during a private meeting.

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