Russian President Vladimir Putin has imposed retaliatory sanctions on 13 Canadian officials including five members of the Conservative government, three opposition party members, and the president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, banning them from entering Russia. A statement on the sanctions was issued Monday (March 24).
Russia’s foreign ministry said the sanctions are being imposed “as a response to the unacceptable actions of the Canadian side.” Over the past week the Canadian government had announced a series of sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian officials in response to the situation in Ukraine.
Here is the list of 13 Canadian officials barred from travelling to Russia.
- Christine Hogan, foreign affairs and defence policy adviser to the prime minister.
- Wayne G.Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council.
- Jean-Francois Tremblay, deputy secretary to the cabinet in the Privy Council Office.
- Andrew Scheer, House of Commons speaker
- Peter Van Loan, government house leader
- Raynell Andreychuk, Conservative government senator
- Dean Allison, Conservative government MP
- Paul Dewar, NDP opposition MP
- Irwin Cotler, Liberal oppposition MP
- Ted Opitz, Conservative government MP
- Chrystia Freeland, Liberal opposition MP
- James Bezan, Conservative government MP
- Paul Grod, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Neither Prime Minister Stephen Harper nor Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird were included in these sanctions.
National Post – Russia slaps entry ban on 13 Canadian lawmakers, officials in retaliation for Ukraine sanctions – here
Globe and Mail – Russia imposes sanctions on 13 Canadians, including MPs – here
CBC News – Russian sanctions against Canadians a ‘badge of honour’ – here