Ottawa imposes sanctions on 37 individuals, 17 entities of Russia, Ukraine

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued a statement announcing economic sanctions and travel bans against 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals, and economic sanctions against 17 Russian and Ukrainian entities.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued a statement announcing economic sanctions and travel bans against 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals, and economic sanctions against 17 Russian and Ukrainian entities.

The sanctions were imposed on Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, Rostec General Director Sergei Chemezov, Russian Armed Forces General Staff Deputy Chief Andrei Kartapolov, Russian Navy Rear Admirals Alexander Nosatov and Valery Kulikov, journalist Dmitry Kiselyov, parliament deputy and singer Iosif Kobzon, parliament member Valery Rashkin, biker Alexander "Surgeon" Zaldostanov, Maj. Gen. Alexei Naumets and Lt. Gen. Igor Turchenyuk, says a report posted on the Canadian premier's website.

The sanctions were also placed on the Novorossiya public movement and company Rosneft.

Besides, commander of the Sparta unit Arseniy "Motorola" Pavlov, commander of the Somali unit Mikhail "Givi" Toltsykh, LPR chief negotiator in the Contact Group Vladislav Deinego, LPR defense minister Oleg Bugrov, Eduard Basurin of the DPR defense ministry, LPR health minister Larisa Airapetian, LPR education minister Lesya Lapteva, LPR Central Elections Commission head Sergei Kozyakov, DPR education minister Igor Kostenok, the Oplot and Zarya battalions and some other entities faced the sanctions.

Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson said earlier that Canada was set to expand the blacklist of Russian individuals and companies.

An expanded blacklist of the European Union was posted on Monday. It has grown to 151 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 37 companies.

Russian reaction

Russia reserves the right to react to new sanctions imposed by Canada, Russian Foreign Ministry charge d'affaires Anvar Azimov said.

"Russia, naturally, has the right to react to these sanctions, but we are calling on our partners in the EU and on other countries that want to hurt Russia's interests to stop this counterproductive sanctions war and begin constructive dialogue to rebuild relations and the cooperation we once had," he told Interfax.

"We are addressing it. Primarily to our partners in the EU, who Russia continues to see as its key strategic partners," he said.

On Feb.16, the Official Journal of the European Union has also published an extended blacklist of 19 individuals and nine legal entities sanctioned over the Ukraine situation.

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