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Canada targets Russian gold, ‘disinformation,’ imposes new sanctions for illegal war on Ukraine

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 12:24 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Canadian government says it will introduce sanctions against state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda agents and entities that are controlled by senior Russian government officials — with the aim of punishing the Kremlin’s campaign of lies and other false information about Russia’s illegal war on Ukraine.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau disclosed the federal government’s planned move during the G7 summit of heads of government June 27 in Elmau, Germany.

In co-ordination with the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, Trudeau announced as well Canada’s “intent to impose a ban on the import of certain gold goods from Russia, shutting the commodity out of formal international markets and further isolating Russia from the international financial system,” according to a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

“Vladimir Putin and his regime have caused untold pain and suffering in Ukraine and across the world,” Trudeau said in the statement. “Together with our G7 counterparts, Canada is stepping up our continuous and co-ordinated pressure to bring about the end of Vladimir Putin’s war of choice.”

On June 27 amendments to three Canadian “special economic measures” regulations in respect of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine came into force, imposing additional sanctions on individuals and entities of those countries for their involvement in Russia’s illegal war on Ukraine.

The new Canadian sanctions include banning the export of certain advanced technologies that could improve Russia’s domestic defence manufacturing capability, including quantum computers and advanced manufacturing equipment, associated components, materials, software and technology.

The new sanctions also include a ban on the export of advanced technologies and goods that could be used in the manufacturing of weapons to Belarus, as well as the import and export of a broad range of luxury goods between Canada and Belarus.

The PMO said Canada also: imposed restrictions on six senior defence officials and 46 entities linked to the Russian defence sector; sanctioned 15 former senior Ukrainian officials and their family members, as well as “so-called leaders in areas of Ukraine illegally occupied by Russian forces or controlled by Russian-based proxies” supporting the Russian occupation of Ukraine; and sanctioned 13 senior officials of the Belarus Ministry of Defence and two Belarusian military entities.

According to the PMO, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,070 individuals and entities from and in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus since Russia escalated its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

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