Ottawa on Tuesday announced it would impose sanctions on 17 new Russian units and 43 military officials to “increase pressure on the Russian war machine.”
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“We will not allow Vladimir Putin and his accomplices to act with impunity. The blatant actions of the Russian war machine will not be forgotten and Canada will continue to work with its partners in the international community to hold them accountable,” said Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.
The announcement comes three weeks after the German government decided to send back Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline turbines repaired in Montreal to Germany, in violation of its own sanctions and angering Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
According to German media outlet Deutsche Welle, which quoted several economists in an article on Saturday, the allied countries’ sanctions are having a “significant” impact on Russia’s economy, even though Germany remains partially dependent on Russian gas imports.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in an interview that the Russian economy would collapse “sooner or later”.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, member states of the European Union – which represents 27 countries – have imposed sanctions on 1,212 individuals and 108 entities.
In addition, more than 1,000 Western companies doing business in Russia have severed ties with the Nordic country.
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