Canada extends sanctions against Russia

Canadian government expands the list of anti-Russia sanctions

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Canada has announced on Monday new sanctions against organisations in Russia, including a pro-Putin biker gang known as the Night Wolves, in a response to the actions of Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.

“Until there is real peace, until occupying forces are withdrawn, and until Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty is restored, there must be ongoing consequences for President Putin’s regime,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement.

The latest sanctions target Russian energy firms Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Surgutneftegas and pipeline company Transneft.

Three Eurasian Youth Union leaders have been included in the sanction list that already includes the Kremlin-funded motorcycle gang Night Wolves.

The government also imposed a ban on the import and export of goods from the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in collaboration with allies.

Canada introduced its first sanctions against Russia on March 2014 immediately after the Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Russia later responded to the Western restrictions by announcing a year-long ban on certain agricultural imports from countries that imposed sanctions against it, including Canada.

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