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Canada does not intend to abolish sanctions policy on Russia, - Deputy Minister

Ottawa’s sanctions against Russia may be extended due to issues related to Crimean MPs and visits to occupied territories of Ukraine
09:48, 5 November 2019

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The government of Canada does not intend to deviate from the policy of sanctions against Russia that have been imposed due to aggressive actions against Ukraine. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar told this in an interview with Ukrinform after the visit to Canada was completed.

"We talked about this in the Foreign Ministry, and it was clearly stated that sanctions are the only non-military and one of the most effective mechanisms of pressure on Russia," Bodnar said.

He added that narrowing down of Canada's anti-Russian sanctions is untenable.

Related: Finland to fight for anti-Russian sanctions extension, - Pekka Haavisto

Due to the issues related to the State Duma’s deputies from Crimea, the violation of the regime of visiting the occupied territories and the impunity of people, who attacked Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait, Ottawa's sanctions against Russian Federation may even be extended, Bodnar stressed.

As we reported earlier, at the meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Japan for its support and consideration of the visa-free regime, the press service of the President's Office reported.

"They are grateful for Japan's consistent policy of supporting Ukraine and not recognizing the illegal occupation of Crimea, maintaining sanctions against Russia," Zelensky stated.

Related: Canada stands against Russia’s return to G7

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