François-Philippe Champagne. Image credit: Facebook page
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Ottawa, Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made yesterday by François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, about Canada's impositions of sanctions on six individuals, under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), who were involved in the illegitimate elections held in Russian-occupied Crimea on September 8, 2019, in concert with the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU), media reports said.
The SEMA is a legislation that allows the Governor in Council to regulate restriction or prohibition of certain activities in relation to a foreign state, any person (individual or entity) in a foreign state or a national of that foreign state who does not normally reside in Canada, as well as to seize or freeze related property. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act
These sanctions were in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and its violations of international law.
“Canada’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering...sanctions demonstrate that Canada and its allies stand united...and the international community are ready to impose a cost for ignoring international law and the rules-based international order,” said Champagne.
Canada has sanctioned more than 430 individuals and entities, since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, and imposed asset freezes and prohibiting dealings.