Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Canada will be placing sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over invasion of Ukraine.
Trudeau was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, Defence Minister Anita Anand, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, and International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan for the announcement.
Trudeau also said that Canada will be placing sanctions on Belarus, targetting 57 individuals, for aiding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Canada will also support Russia’s removal from the SWIFT banking system, Trudeau said, to exclude Russia from making transactions around the world.
“All options are on the table,” Trudeau said, referring to measures Canada will take against the invasion. Trudeau’s announcement is the third set of sanctions against Russia that he said are “severe” and “co-ordinated.
As of Friday afternoon, most Russian troops were more than 50 kilometres away from Kyiv, according to Britain’s defence ministry. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also said in a press conference that Ukrainian forces were “fighting bravely and are actually able to inflict damage on the invading Russian forces.”
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