Thus, Russia responds to the Canadian sanctions introduced in March due to the prosecution of oppositionist Alexei Navalny. Particularly, the next politicians faced the Russian sanctions: David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Anne Kelly, Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada; Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Marci Surkes, Director of Policy - Prime Minister's Office; Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of Canada; Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister of the Department of National Defense; Michael Rouleau, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff; Brian Brennan, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Scott Bishop, commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command.
The Foreign Ministry of Canada made a statement toward the Russian sanctions. It believes that the “punitive measures unveiled on Monday were unacceptable and unfounded” as Reuters reported.
Moreover, Canada stated that sanctions did not change the opinion of the country toward the violation of human rights in Russia.
"We remain deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in Russia and the shrinking space for civil society and independent voices. We stand by these Canadians that have been targeted," it said in a statement.
On May 29, the U.S. White House imposed sanctions against Belarus and also suspended flights with this country due to the landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk and the detention of journalist Roman Protasevich.