Canada announces new sanctions against Russia and Belarus

KRÜN, Germany – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced new sanctions in Germany against 74 individuals and companies in Russia and Belarus as G7 leaders discussed the threat to global stability posed by the invasion of Ukraine.

The new Canadian sanctions include 46 units affiliated with the Russian defense sector and 15 Ukrainians supporting the Russian occupation of the country. The Canadian government is also sanctioning 13 people linked to government and defense and two entities in Belarus.

Trudeau said Canada also plans to sanction “state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda agents and entities controlled by senior Russian government officials.” Canada will also ban the export of advanced technologies that the Russian defense industry could use to improve its production capacity, such as quantum computers.

Canada has also banned the export of advanced technologies and goods that could be used to manufacture weapons in Belarus, as well as the import and export of a wide range of luxury goods between Canada and Belarus.

Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that Canada, along with the United States, Britain and Japan, will ban the import of certain gold items from Russia, “which will have the effect of excluding this product from official international markets and further isolating Russia from the international financial system”.

Russia was set to default on its foreign debt on Sunday for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, further alienating the country from the global financial system. But Moscow calls any default “artificial” because Russia has the money to pay its debt, but says sanctions have frozen the country’s foreign exchange reserves abroad.

Russia on Monday announced its own set of new sanctions against Canada, targeting 43 Canadians, including former Prime Minister Gerry Butts and Conservative strategist Jenni Byrne.

Virtual President Zelensky

The new Canadian sanctions were announced in a written statement Monday after a two-hour virtual meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and G7 leaders at their Bavarian summit. Mr. Zelensky told the leaders that Ukraine would need help rebuilding its infrastructure.

The G7 leaders were gathered in a magnificent, bright room at the Schloss Elmau resort, a true castle on top of a mountain surrounded by flowering meadows. Mr. Zelensky appeared on a screen and watched the group with a stoic face against a gray backdrop.

The armed conflict in Ukraine is the main thread through Prime Minister Trudeau’s meetings with his international colleagues, as was the case last week at the meeting of Commonwealth Heads of State and Government in Rwanda.

Sir. Zelensky thanked G7 leaders for their support and outlined Ukraine’s demands for tougher sanctions against Russia, more defensive military support and assistance in rebuilding bombed and destroyed communities and infrastructure after the conflict subsided, according to Canadian government officials who issued a statement on condition of remains anonymous. The Ukrainian president allegedly claimed that governments should start thinking about this work now.

Mr. Trudeau had spoken to Mr. Zelensky on the first day of the G7 summit to find out what he expects from the leaders. According to the Ukrainian president’s Twitter account, the couple talked about increased defense support for the besieged country.

First, Ukraine

Leaders of the world’s most developed economies spent their first meeting on Monday discussing the war and listening to Mr Zelensky’s prayers for more help.

Before the meeting, Mr Trudeau and the host of the summit, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, spoke during a walk from the mansion to one of the meadows between the luxurious castle and the breathtaking views of the mountains of Bavaria.

“We make sure that while helping Ukraine as much as possible, we also avoid a major conflict between Russia and NATO,” Scholz told the media during a photo shoot with Mr Trudeau.

The previous night in Kiev, weeks of general calm had been shattered by Russian missile fire. The missiles hit a kindergarten and a residential building, killing a man and injuring a woman and a child, the capital’s mayor said.

If the leaders of the G7 are unanimous in their condemnation of Russia, they should also meet Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister who has been invited to the summit but who has also tightened economic and diplomatic relations with Moscow in recent months.

Mr. Trudeau will also meet Mr Modi one-on-one in a private meeting.

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