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Russia sanctions US and Canadian officials

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on Russia’s sanctions list. (Photo: AP)

According to Sputnik news agency, the Russian Foreign Ministry on March 15 announced the imposition of sanctions to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and more than 300 MPs of this North American country. Moscow’s list of sanctions against Canada’s leadership also includes Foreign Minister Melanie Joly and Defense Minister Anita Anand.

Russia’s move is in response to similar decisions by the US and Canada.

The list of 13 US officials sanctioned includes US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

However, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia still maintains official relations with Washington and still ensures to conduct high-level contacts with the US leaders on the list if necessary.

In a move to defend its latest move, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated, “all attacks against Russia, whether it be attacks on Russian diplomatic missions, the closure of airspace, or Ottawa’s decision sever bilateral relations with Russia will be met with a clear and proportionate response.”

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People evacuated from Ukraine arrive at Nyugati railway station in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo: AP)

Earlier, Canada announced it would impose sanctions on 15 Russian officials. Canada has closed its airspace and seaports to Russian planes and ships, provided military aid worth millions of dollars to Ukraine and banned oil imports from Russia. The latest round of sanctions announced by Ottawa above adds some individuals to the list of hundreds of people that have been sanctioned by Canada since Russia began. military campaign in Ukraine February 24th.

Also on March 15, Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg did not rule out the possibility of holding a summit of the leaders of this military alliance soon to discuss the situation. in Ukraine, but declined to provide details of the conference’s agenda.

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