Ottawa, 24 August 2023 (TDI): The Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, revealed that Canada is further imposing sanctions on 4 individuals and 29 entities.

These entities are directly linked to Russia’s military-industrial complex, as well as with its nuclear industry, and financial sector.

These sanctions are aimed at individuals and organizations having ties with Russia’s comprehensive invasion of Ukraine and these sanctions fall under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations.

The sanctions include a Russian armed forces Colonel who formerly commanded the fifty-third anti-aircraft missile brigade, which has links to the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight over Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

Moreover, the sanctions also target companies involved in the manufacture of products for both civilian and military purposes, including aviation, maritime, and specialized nuclear equipment.

Promtekhnologiya LLC, an enterprise responsible for manufacturing weapons used by the Wagner private military company during the Russian invasion of Ukraine is also being sanctioned.

Canada is also enforcing sanctions on financial institutions that were formerly sanctioned by its G7 counterparts and these institutions are directly linked with the Putin regime.

Expansion in sanctions was initially announced in July 2023, which focused on Russia’s nuclear industry.  But now Canada is expanding its scope to include more individuals and institutions associated with the Putin regime.

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The latest sanctions targets in the nuclear domain include subsidiaries of ROSATOM such as enterprises affiliated with Russia’s nuclear weapons complex and also the export agency that globally markets Russia’s nuclear technology.

Canada’s sanctions goal is to curb Russia’s actions in the nuclear field and align its efforts under the International Atomic Energy Agency, where Canada wants to hold Russia accountable for ignoring international standards established to ensure nuclear safety and security.

Furthermore, Canada has partnered with the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia to ensure their coordinated approach in sanctioning Russia’s nuclear industry.

These states are committed to maintaining this collaboration to increase the pressure on Russia and Putin’s regime, forcing them to stop their ongoing invasion of Ukraine.