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PM Trudeau Holds Press Conference to Discuss Canada’s Response to Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference on the afternoon of February 24th to announce further sanctions to Russia. The Prime Minister was joined by Minister of National Defence Anita Anand, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

This press conference comes after Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine on the morning of Thursday, February 24th.

During the press conference PM Trudeau announced that Canada will be imposing further sanctions on 58 people and entities including members of the Russian elite and their family members.

“These sanctions are wide reaching. They will impose severe costs on complicit Russian elites and they will limit President Putin’s ability to continue funding this unjustified invasion,” Trudeau stated during the press conference.

In addition, the federal government is also blocking exports to Russia that require permits. According to Mélanie Joly, existing permits will be cancelled and all applications will be denied. “No aerospace technology and mineral goods will be sent to Russia,” she said.

PM Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Thursday who called on Canada to impose tougher sanctions against Russia.

“Now, more than ever, we need concrete support!” tweeted Zelenksyy after the phone call. “I count on leadership of [Canada] in this process!”

Christia Freeland stated that “We [Canada] cannot allow this to be the end of the post WWII Rules-based order. [Though,] it could be. This is an extremely serious challenge to that order and if Russia succeeds than that order will be breached and we can’t let that happen. We can’t let that happen because that would be devastating for the world. And it would be really bad for Canada.”

During the press conference Anand said that Canada “is examining all options to consider further aid to the Ukraine. It would be imprudent to describe those options at the current time.”

She continued, “I can confirm that Canadian Armed Forces are ready to assist with the whole of Government efforts in the region. We have also placed 3,400 military personnel across all branches of the service on standby to deploy to the NATO Response Force should they be required.”

Trudeau says he has also spoken with G7 partners and is working closely with NATO allies for a coordinated response.

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