UCC calls on Government of Canada to expand Russia sanctions
November 8, 2018. OTTAWA. Today, the US Department of the Treasury announced new sanctions “in response to Russia’s continuing malign activity and destabilizing behavior.”
Since November 2016, Canada has taken no actions on sanctions against Russian entities, officials or individuals for Russia’s ongoing occupation of Crimea or Russia’s ongoing invasion of eastern Ukraine.
“It is of increasing concern to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress that Canada continues to fall behind our American allies in the breadth and scope of sanctions implemented against the Russian regime,” stated Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC CEO. “The UCC calls on Canada to immediately mirror US sanctions that have been imposed on Russia since November, 2016. The response of the free world to Russia’s continuing aggression should be robust and coordinated.”
US Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence stated today, “The United States is leveraging new authorities to target Russian actors for serious human rights abuses in parts of Ukraine that the United States government has determined are forcibly occupied or otherwise controlled by the Russian government, and other reprehensible acts in furtherance of the Kremlin’s malign agenda.”
More information on the sanctions imposed by the US Treasury today is available here
Other action on sanctions taken by the US Department of the Treasury against Russia in 2018 include: