Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces more sanctions over crisis in Ukraine

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OTTAWA - Canada is imposing economic sanctions and travel bans against 11 Russian and Ukrainian individuals plus one additional entity over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

The announcement Saturday came as President Vladimir Putin ordered military forces in central Russia on combat alert, which NATO said could be seen as an escalation of the crisis with Ukraine.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement that ”Russia’s illegal occupation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine and provocative military activity remains a serious concern to the international community.”

The measures announced Saturday are in addition to previous moves that have included imposing a number of political and economic sanctions against senior officials and some institutions in Russia and Ukraine.

As well, Canada has expelled a Russian diplomat, co-sponsored a UN resolution on the crisis and earmarked $220 million to help stabilize the Ukrainian economy.

Harper says the new sanctions ”will continue to increase economic pressure on those responsible for the crisis in Ukraine.”

Organizations: NATO, UN

Geographic location: Ukraine, Russia, Canada OTTAWA Crimean

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  • Mario
    June 21, 2014 - 21:17

    The big deal of the sale of LNG of Britain to China certainly helped. Instead of bunking the gas for the good of all the EU, the teabags of this Union have well managed to go contrary again. As usual, an Island is always an Island with geo politics as well.