The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada has extended sanctions against 15 Russian State Duma deputies, including the so-called MPs from Crimea. The decision was published on the website of the department.
According to the statement of the Canadian Foreign Ministry, the decision was taken in order to maintain the necessary pressure on the Russian Federation, as it continues to ignore its obligations regarding Ukraine. Extension of sanctions also serves as a response to the illegal elections in the occupied Crimea:
“Canada does not support the legitimacy or the outcome of these elections held in the occupied Crimean peninsula, as it has never recognized Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. Canada’s new measures are also designed to maintain the efficacy of existing sanctions measures, and, crucially, to maintain pressure on Russia to implement its Minsk commitments,” reads the statement.
Previously QHA informed that the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against six illegitimate deputies of the State Duma of Russia from Crimea.
October 20, the President of Ukraine and the President of the European Parliament discussed the possibility of strengthening sanctions against Russia in the context of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea. The Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine on the affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev believes that sanctions against Russia should be strengthened until the aggressor country returns Ukraine control over its sovereign territory.