Canada introduces sanctions against 114 citizens and 15 Russian companies

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Taking the pretext of Russia’s “aggressive actions” against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait last November, Canadian authorities introduced sanctions against 114 citizens and 15 Russian companies.

More than a hundred Russian citizens, including several political figures, and about fifteen companies have been included in the sanctions list, announced Friday the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which takes the pretext of the naval incident in the Strait. last November and the reunification of Crimea with Russia in March 2014.

“Canada, together with the European Union and the United States, announces new sanctions in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Black Sea and the Kerch Strait, and as a result of the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Chrystia Freeland, announced the sanctions against 114 individuals and 15 entities under the Special Economic Measures Act,” the statement said.

Among the people who fell under the sanctions in question are the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council (upper chamber of the Russian parliament), Konstantin Kosachev, and the Deputy Minister of Energy, Andrei Cherezov.

The sanctions also affected Viktor Zolotov, director of the Russian National Guard and Igor Setchine, CEO of the Russian oil company Rosneft.

Among the companies concerned are the consulting firm Toupolev and the aircraft manufacturers Sukhoi and MiG.

The Russian reaction

According to Dmitry Novikov, first vice-president of the Duma for International Affairs, it is not by chance that sanctions were introduced as Russia prepared to celebrate the 5th anniversary of its reunification with Crimea.

“It is these days that the Western authorities consider it important to remember that they do not recognize the connection of Crimea and are ready to use it to exert political, economic and other pressures on our country. We must of course think about response measures, we need to develop and implement them,” he said.

As for Konstantin Kosachev, he says that it is an “honor” to be on the list of American and Canadian sanctions. He drew attention to the fact that Canada took advantage of the incident in the Kerch Strait.

“The stratagem works: provocation – reaction – sanctions. This means that Kiev can now calmly organize as many Western sanctions as it wants. A good gift from the West for the Ukrainian presidential election. After being held hostage by the provocations of the Ukrainian authorities, the United States, Canada and the EU will now have to act in the same direction,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

As a reminder, on November 25, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy violated the Russian border of the Black Sea coast near the Kerch Strait. According to the FSB’s Crimea Department, they were engaged in dangerous maneuvers and refused to obey the Coast Guard’s orders.

Around 7:00 pm, Moscow time, the ships again attempted to carry out illegal actions in Russian territorial waters. Russian coast guards then used weapons to stop them. The Russian authorities arrested 24 Ukrainian military personnel, including two members of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). According to the FSB, these agents were on board the ships to coordinate this action. Russia called the incident “provocation” and opened an investigation for violation of its border.

On February 21, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Ukrainian authorities were planning to send military ships back to the Kerch Strait to violate the Russian maritime area.

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