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Diplomat says Moscow to respond Canada’s expansion of Russian officials blacklist

Diplomat says Moscow to respond Canada’s expansion of Russian officials blacklist

Diplomat says Moscow to respond Canada’s expansion of Russian officials blacklist
November 30
00:21 2016

The entire responsibility for the negative impact of that decision will rest solely on the Canadian side, Zakharova has stated

Ottawa’s irresponsible actions undermine perspectives for normal cooperation between Russia and Canada, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday, commenting on Canada’s further expansion of its blacklist of Russian officials.

“We took the decision of the Canadian authorities to further expand the sanction list of Russian officials with regret,” she said in a commentary posted on the Russian foreign ministry’s website. “Instead of taking effort to improve the bilateral relations that have been marred not though our fault, the Canadian government continues to take its lead obediently from the U.S. Barack Obama administration which has made the anti-Russian course one of the central tracks of its failing foreign policy.”

“Such irresponsible actions taken by Ottawa continue to undermine the perspectives of normal cooperation between our countries, including within the United Nations, where Canada is aspiring after non-permanent membership in the Security Council, and bring into question the sincerity of declarations by its leaders about their intention to establish constructive dialogue,” Zakharova noted.

“Naturally, this unfriendly step will not remain unanswered,” she stressed. “The entire responsibility for the negative impacts will rest solely on the Canadian side.”

On Monday, Canada’s government expanded the anti-Russian sanction list over the situation in Ukraine. The new list includes 15 people, including six members of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house who were elected in Crimea. According to the Canadian foreign ministry, these are lawmakers Ruslan Balbek, Konstantin Bakharev, Andrei Kozenko, Svetlana Savchenko, Pavel Shperov and Dmitry Belik. Apart from that, the list features Anna Anyukhina, Svetlana Borodulina, Valentin Demidov, Irina Kiviko, Mikhail Nazarov, Viktor Palagin, Dmitry Polonsky, Oleg Shapovalov and Andrei Vasyuta.

Canada imposed the first batch of its sanctions on Russian individuals and legal entities who, according to the Canadian foreign ministry, threaten Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, on March 17, 2014, concurrently with the United States. The then list included seven Russian officials and three Ukrainians, with Russian president’s adviser Sergei Glazyev, speaker of Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house Valentina Matviyenko, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, and Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov among them.

The sanctions envisage freezing of bank assets (if any) and a ban on entering Canada. The sanction list was subsequently expanded several times, with the latest such expansion coming into force from March 18, 2016. As of now, Canada’s sanction list includes more than 200 Russian companies and organization, as well as individuals, some of whom have Ukrainian citizenship.

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  • Ophita

    As a Canadian citizen, I am deeply ashamed of the Canadian foreign ministry’s sanctions against Russia and the autonomous state of Crimea. All one needs is a quick comparison between Ukraine and Crimea current conditions, to realize the sharp contrast in the well-being of their respective citizens in the nearly 3 years since the US sponsored coup d’etat of the Ukraine government in February 2014. In Ukraine, the ‘civil’ war/genocide continues against citizens of the Donbass region, which currently has a death toll of approximately +4,000 citizens. The Ukrainian neo-nazi/ultra right wing nationalists have been killing the culturally Russian- Eastern Ukrainian citizens, living in the oil and mineral rich region. In contrast, there has been no deaths in Crimea since the referendum where Crimean citizens voted overwhelmingly in favour of seceding from Ukraine, ending their separation from Russia since 1954. Because the Crimean civilians were protected by Russian troops, due to a long-standing military agreement for the Russian navy base in Crimea, and the local Crimean militia, the transfer from Ukraine to Russia was peaceful. There were remarkably few demonstrations against the change, and the initial Tartar resistance has become more accepting. Dozens of international observers have declared the referendum to be fair and open. In contrast, the military forces of the Kiev government have been levelled against the pro-Russian citizenry of Eastern Ukraine in particular, while Russian speaking and Jewish citizens haven been widely attacked and persecuted throughout the country. In addition, the classical shock therapy, as outlined in Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine, has been applied full force by Kiev’s pro US government/industrial complex, with the sale of Ukraine’s ‘bread-basket’ fertile region to Monsanto and big-Ag Cargill, oil rights to US oil interests headed by none other than Joe Biden’s son, as well as other corporations such as Eli Lilli and Dupont. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s economy is in the tank, where the GDP has gone from it’s greatest height in 2013, as it enjoyed a strong supportive relationship with Russia, and now has plummeted to it lowest point in 2015, as it became the US puppet government. In contrast, Crimea is enjoying a new power line coming from mainland Russia, a large bridge between Crimea and the mainland, and new fresh water sources, all of which increase the Crimean Republic’s independence from Ukraine. The economy of Crimea has declined somewhat since the referendum, largely due to inflation and the Western sanctions placed on Crimea. Russia has countered with spending billions to strengthen the Crimean economy by increasing pensions by 50%, providing Russian banking services in rubles, and developing large infrastructure projects. In an overall shrinking global economy, the welfare of Crimean citizenry is in a significantly stronger position compared to their Ukrainian counterparts.

    In spite of the illegal putsch of the Ukraine government, the Nazi militias, and the shocking persecution of minorities in present day Ukraine, it saddens me that our Canadian government continues to support the Kiev regime. The Canadian government, from Harper through to Trudeau, continues to support the US fake news propaganda that Russia was the aggressor in Ukraine and Crimea. I wonder how long before Ukraine’s natural resources and wealth are completely gutted by it’s own and American oligarchs? Will our Canadian government continue to blame that on ‘Russian aggression’ as well?