The Russian overseas ministry introduced Tuesday it has added Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Overseas Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Defence Minister Anita Anand to what it calls its “black listing,” banning them from coming into Russia.
The opposite federal occasion leaders — interim Conservative chief Candice Bergen, NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Chief Yves-François Blanchet and Inexperienced Celebration parliamentary chief Elizabeth Could — have been advised they can not set foot on Russian soil.
Lots of of MPs from all events and leaders of varied Ukrainian-Canadian teams — together with Alexandra Chyczij, the president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) — have additionally been placed on Russia’s black listing.
The transfer is a response to Canada’s aggressive stance towards Russia following that nation’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Together with different Western powers, Canada has levied sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, his shut political allies, senior authorities leaders and the billionaire oligarchs who management Russian business and different entities overseas.
Canada and allies just like the U.Ok. even have led the cost to primarily disconnect Russian monetary establishments from the worldwide economic system whereas limiting Russia’s exports and imposing steep tariffs on its imports.
The results have been devastating for the Russian economic system however Putin’s troops have solely pushed additional into Ukraine because the onset of sanctions and tariffs, shelling main cities and killing 1000’s.
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In an deal with to Canada’s Parliament Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Trudeau and Canada for its contributions up to now — Canada has despatched deadly support, together with ammunition. He additionally urged Canadian leaders to contribute to a no-fly zone to close down Ukrainian airspace to Russian warplanes.
In a press release, the Russian overseas ministry mentioned it was banning so many Canadians now as a result of “official Ottawa” has “Russophobic rage.”
“This step is compelled and brought in response to the outrageous hostility of the present Canadian regime, which has examined our endurance for therefore lengthy. Each Russophobic assault, be it assaults on Russian diplomatic missions, airspace closures, or Ottawa’s precise severing of bilateral financial ties to the detriment of Canadian pursuits, will inevitably obtain a decisive and never essentially symmetrical rebuff,” the ministry mentioned in a Russian post.
(There have been no reported “assaults” on Russian diplomatic missions however fairly peaceable protests in entrance of the nation’s embassy in Ottawa.)
In a press release, a spokesperson for Trudeau mentioned the prime minister was not bothered by the brand new Canadian additions to the Russian black listing.
“The one response from Russia that we’re curious about is a direct finish to the unlawful, pointless warfare in Ukraine. Till then, Canada and our allies will proceed imposing crippling sanctions on Putin and his enablers in Russia and Belarus,” the spokesperson mentioned.
Requested about being barred by Russia, Joly mentioned she was “not stunned” and she or he “will not again down” within the face of Putin’s aggression.
“I believe what we have to do is proceed — daily, each week — to announce sanctions. We all know we have now to do extra and we all know that our sanctions should actually goal Putin himself, which we have now achieved,” Joly mentioned.
Russia banned Freeland in 2014
This is not the primary time Russia has banned Canadian officers. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, a former monetary journalist who lived and labored in Moscow for years, was secretly added to the black listing in 2014 after Canada and different Western international locations imposed sanctions on some Russian entities following Putin’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
A Russian overseas ministry spokesperson confirmed in 2017 that Freeland and a dozen different Canadian officers could be banned from Russia till Canada lifted related restrictions on Russian officers.
After Moscow imposed sanctions on her, Freeland, a frequent Putin critic, posted on social media that she thought-about it “an honour to be on Putin’s sanction listing.”
Last year, Russia additionally banned Justice Minister David Lametti, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and numerous authorities officers — together with the then-top bureaucrat on the Division of Nationwide Defence, Jody Thomas.
That ban got here after Canada imposed sanctions on 9 high-ranking Russian officers for “gross and systematic human rights abuses,” together with the tried assassination and subsequent jailing of widespread opposition determine Alexey Navalny. Navalny, considered one of Putin’s essential political opponents, was poisoned in 2020 with the nerve agent Novichok.
Along with banning Trudeau, Joly and Anand Tuesday, Russia additionally added U.S. President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Biden’s son Hunter, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, CIA chief William Burns and White Home press secretary Jen Psaki to the black listing.