Provincial premiers sanctioned by Moscow | War in Ukraine

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Prime ministers provincials sanctioned by Moscow | War in Ukraine

François Legault and Blaine Higgs are among the Canadian citizens who can no longer set foot in Russia. (Archives)

In response to Canadian sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday added the name of Quebec Premier François Legault and those of 86 other political, military and business figures to a list of Canadian citizens who cannot set foot in Russia.

Also on this list are New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs, his Prince Edward Island counterpart Dennis King, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey, and Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston.

The Premiers of the three territories (Pauloosie Jamesie Akeeagok of Nunavut, Caroline Cochrane of the Northwest Territories and Sandy Silver of Yukon) are also targeted, as well as the lieutenant governors of the ten provinces.

Bombardier Chairman and CEO Eric Martel and heads of various companies that have made or plan to make donations to kyiv, which Russia has called a neo-Nazi regime, have also been sanctioned.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry document, these additions are based on the principle of reciprocity and are intended as a direct response to Canada's periodic sanctions, which Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly has promised to intensify.

All of these sanctions against Russia are symbolic in nature and incapable of affecting the Russian economy, and the Canadian government knows this very well, said Artem Kalabukhov, Political Counselor at the Russian Embassy in Ottawa .

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mélanie Joly indicated that she would deliver a national address focusing on Canadian support for Ukraine on Monday.

The Congress of Ukrainian Canadians has called on the federal government to enact a visa ban on Russian nationals, arguing that Russia's actions constitute genocide that should deny its citizens the privilege of traveling abroad. The request was made last month by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to European Union countries.

This possibility has been ruled out by the head of Canadian diplomacy, at least for the moment. In New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Mélanie Joly explained that Canada would risk closing the door to Russian dissidents seeking to flee their country if it went ahead with such a ban.

She pointed out that many Russians have been rushing to the borders since the launch of a partial mobilization of reservists decreed by Vladimir Putin.

Ms. Joly, however, said there was a possibility of Canada sending more weapons to Kyiv, another request made by the Congress of Ukrainian Canadians.

The sooner the Russian armies are defeated, the sooner peace will return to Europe, wrote Congress President Ihor Michalchyshyn.

With information from Louis Blouin and The Canadian Press

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