The Russian Foreign Ministry has banned Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Trudeau's wife and 25 other Canadians from entering the country. The day before, Ottawa imposed sanctions against 14 Russian businessmen and their children, and also banned the export of luxury goods
The Russian Foreign Ministry has banned 26 Canadians from entering the country, including the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Trudeau. The list is published on the department's website.
“In response to the regular anti-Russian sanctions announced by the Canadian authorities, which affected not only representatives of the leadership, military and business circles, but in some cases the closest relatives of those who became involved in the black list, entry into Russia is permanently closed for a similar category of Canadian citizens.” ,— according to the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ministry added that in the near future they would introduce new countermeasures as part of a response to the hostile actions of “the ruling Trudeau regime in Canada, which has adopted militant Russophobia.”
In addition to Sophie Trudeau, the spouse of the Deputy Prime Minister Canada's Christy Freeland Graham Bowley and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly's partner Felix Marcel. Freeland and Joly have been under Russian sanctions since late April, as has Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Moscow's April sanctions list includes 592 Canadians.
The restrictions also affected the leadership of the Canadian armed forces: entry into Russia is closed for the commanders of the ground forces— Jocelyn Paul, BBC— Erica Kenny & Navy— Angus Topshi. The president of the Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, member of the board of directors of the World Congress of Ukrainians Zenon Potichny and the head of the Canadian charity organization Help us help, former member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ontario Marie Buntrogiani were also subject to sanctions.
The Foreign Ministry has included in the sanctions list representatives of the military-industrial complex and the shipbuilding industry, as well as the financial sector. Among them:
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- CEO of aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Canada Lorraine Ben and company manager Andrew Coates;
- President and CEO Canadian Association of Defense and Security Enterprises (CADSI) Christine Chanfarani, as well as the chairman of the board of directors of the association, president and CEO of the consulting company Calian Group Ltd. Kevin Ford;
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the international financial holding Quebec Power Corporation of Canada Paul Desmarets, Jr. and his deputy André Desmarets;
- President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) Mike Muller and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association, CEO and VP IT defense contractor L3Harris Technologies Canada Richard Foster;
- Robert Kwon, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Douglas Harrison, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation;
- space industry representatives— President of Maritime Launch Services, organizer and general contractor of the Canadian-Ukrainian spaceport in Nova Scotia, Stephen Mathieu and CEO of MDA Ltd. Mike Greenlee;
- Mark Perent, CEO of CAE Inc., a simulation technology for education in the aviation, defense and healthcare industries;
- Sean Greenwood, president of drone manufacturer Canadian UAVs;
- heads of enterprises in the shipbuilding industry— president of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Kevin Mooney and CEO James Irving and President, CEO and co-owner of Chantier Davie Canada Inc. James Davies;
- Terry Menion, general manager and vice president of arms manufacturer Raytheon Canada.
In March, Canada imposed sanctions against Russian businessmen Roman Abramovich and Alisher Usmanov, CEC head Ella Pamfilova, as well as the Ministry of Defense, the SVR, the Sukhoi company. and others. In the same month, Ottawa announced restrictions on 160 members of the Federation Council, and in early April— against the head of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin, head of NOVATEK Leonid Mikhelson, founder of the Renova group; Viktor Vekselberg and six other Russians.
On May 18, Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said that all Russians under sanctions would be banned from entering the country, including President Vladimir Putin. Two days later, Ottawa expanded the sanctions list to include 14 Russians, including the head of Russian Railways, Oleg Belozerov, and the daughter-in-law of Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko, Yulia. At the same time, Canada banned the import of luxury goods from Russia, in particular alcoholic beverages, seafood, fish and diamonds.
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