Canada is set to continue its policy of anti-Russian sanctions and of supporting Ukraine over Crimea, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement on Saturday, ONA reports citing TASS.
"Together with the international community, we will continue to maintain pressure, including through economic sanctions, until Russia respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and international law," she wrote.
Freeland recalled that on Friday, Ottawa announced new sanctions against 114 individuals and 15 entities of Russia’s defense industry. Among the individuals are Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and businessman Igor Rottenberg.
The Canadian foreign minister urged Moscow to release Ukrainian prisoners and to stop suppressing human rights in Crimea, which she claims Russian authorities have been allegedly committing for five years.
Canada began imposing economic sanctions against Russian individuals and entities after Crimea’s reunification with Russia in 2014.