Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that the Belarusian regime had “facilitated the attack”, but also announced “third tier collective sanctions” specifically targeting Canadian President Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.
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He said Ottawa “strongly supports” Russia’s withdrawal from the Swift banking system, especially after the new sanctions initiated by Washington and the European Union.
“President Putin’s contempt for freedom, democracy, international law and human life must have consequences,” the Canadian head of state told a news conference.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Vladimir Putin’s government. “
“The human cost of this crisis is enormous: the world is watching the tragic scenes of bombings and massive displacement. President Putin is causing the refugee crisis in Europe,” he lamented.
The sanctions come in the wake of the addition of the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, and the new G7 summit on Friday.
Sanctions on Belarus targeted 57 people.
“Why are you doing this? Because we have to make sure we suppress the Russian regime! ” Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie announced.
Defense Minister Anita Anand said 3,400 Canadian troops in Ottawa were on “high alert” for deployment in Europe, but NATO had not yet asked Canada to deploy them.
On Thursday, Canada – which has the second largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world – granted 58 Russian individuals and entities and suspended all export permits to Russia.
And earlier this week, Ottawa announced the first salvo of sanctions: a ban on transactions with pro-Russian separatist territories, sanctions on Russian parliamentarians and banks, and a ban on Canadians buying Russian debt.
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