Canadian Foreign Ministry announces country’s plans to expand sanctions against Russia

The sanctions will affect the oil, gas and chemical sectors of the Russian industry. Canadian companies will need to close existing contracts with Russian enterprises within 60 days alt=”The Canadian Foreign Ministry announced the country's plans to expand sanctions against Russia” />

Mélanie Joly

“Canada will expand existing measures in the oil, gas and chemical sectors to include industrial production. <…> These new sanctions will apply to land and pipeline transport, the production of metals, vehicles, computers, electronic, electrical and machinery equipment,— agency said in a statement.

Canadian businesses will have to close contracts with Russian businesses in these areas within 60 days.

Canada, like other Western countries, began to tighten sanctions against Russia since the end of February, when Moscow launched a special operation in Ukraine. The last time the country expanded them was on July 8, when Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the former head of Yandex, fell under the restrictions. Tigran Khudaverdyan, head of Roskomnadzor Andrey Lipov and his deputies Vladimir Logunov, Oleg Terlyakov, Vadim Subbotin and Milos Wagner, as well as Russian journalists, including the host of the Vremya program on the “First Channel” Ekaterina Andreeva. Roskomnadzor and the news agency Regnum were also sanctioned.

Ottawa has already imposed restrictions against the Russian oil and gas and chemical industries. Canada refused to return to Moscow a Siemens turbine for the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which remained in the country after repairs. It is also forbidden to import luxury goods from Russia, including alcoholic beverages, seafood, fish and diamonds. The sanctions are against Russian businessmen Roman Abramovich and Alisher Usmanov, the head of the Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, as well as the Ministry of Defense, the SVR, the Sukhoi company. and 160 senators, as well as personally Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin accused the Western countries of “sanctions obsession. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, after another tightening, called the number of sanctions against the country proof that Russia began to be considered “for real”, and in some ways even more seriously than with the USSR.

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