Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday announced economic sanctions on Russia, saying Moscow’s recognition of two districts in Ukraine as “independent republics” was “a further invasion of a sovereign state, and it is completely unacceptable”.
The sanctions were announced by Trudeau at a press conference, with foreign minister Melanie Joly and minister of national defence Anita Anand present. The press briefing was also attended by deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland, who is of Ukranian heritage and has been a target of Russian disinformation campaigns in the past.
“Russia’s brazen provocations are a threat to security and peace in the world,” Trudeau said, while announcing the sanctions which prohibit Canadians from conducting any business with the two districts of Donetsk and Luhansk, and two Russian financial institutions.
In addition, Canadians are barred from purchasing Russian sovereign debt. Members of the Russian parliament, the Duma, who voted for recognition of the two “republics” will also be sanctioned.
“These sanctions are a major step and target those responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Trudeau said.