Canada plans new sanctions against Russia over aggression in Ukraine

New sanctions to be co-ordinated with partners in the United States and Europe

OTTAWA — The federal government says it will impose new sanctions against Russia in coming days over Moscow’s support of rebel groups in Ukraine.

In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s failure to cease backing armed rebels in eastern Ukraine constitutes a genuine threat to international peace and security.

Last week, Canada announced strengthened sanctions on arms manufacturers and energy and financial entities with significant links to the Russian government.

The statement says the new sanctions would be applied against the Russian government and those closest to it.

The bid to step up political pressure on Moscow will be co-ordinated with partners in the United States and Europe.

Harper says Canada is ready to impose further sanctions if the Putin administration’s military aggression continues.




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Canada plans new sanctions against Russia over aggression in Ukraine

  1. Declaring economic war on Russia is exceptionally dangerous. Russia and the United States have about 16,200 nuclear weapons — 8,500 in Russia and 7,700 American bombs — 1,800 of them on constant “high alert.”

    The UK and France also have several hundred more on alert, also ready to be unleashed on a moment’s notice. Pakistan, India, China, and Israel also have an additional several hundred nukes that might take a few minutes longer to unleash, but only minutes. In total, the known nuclear powers with delivery systems have a total of 17,300 nuclear weapons in their arsenals.

    Unlike during the Cold War, MAD is no longer the great deterrent it was.

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