Canada is imposing sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act on six individuals involved in the illegitimate elections held in Russian-occupied Crimea on September 8, 2019. It was stated by its Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, governmental press service reports.
“Canada’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering. Today’s sanctions demonstrate that Canada and its allies stand united in their condemnation of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the illegitimate elections held there last fall and that Canada and the international community are ready to impose a cost for ignoring international law and the rules-based international order," Canada's MFA stated.
This coordinated action underscores the continued transatlantic unity in responding to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and its violations of international law.
As we reported earlier, ex-Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Channel One said that the global sanctions against Russia following the annexation of Crimea "hit the economy painfully." Interfax informed about that.
“After the annexation of Crimea, the return of Crimea to our country sanctions followed. Naturally, this also hit the economy quite painfully, and we had to not only set up work amid very difficult sanctions, and even crisis conditions ... the government had to tackle the most important topic that it had never dealt with before - I mean import substitution. Because a number of goods were cut off from our country," Medvedev said.