Canada Imposes Immigration Sanctions If Russia Invades Ukraine

Canada’s immigration minister, Chris Alexander, announced that Canada is prepared to enact sanctions against Russia if it disrupts peace in Ukraine. The decision to impose these sanctions was announced during an interview with CTV last month. According to Alexander, Canada is paying close attention to the situation in Ukraine, and is watching for cross-border influence from Russian President, Vladimir Putin. In the interview, Alexander emphasized that Canada will not hesitate to act if Russia, or any other outside force, attempts to reintroduce violence into the situation in Ukraine.

Months of violent protests and the introduction of a fragile peace agreement have created an uncertain future for Ukraine. White House National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, issued a televised statement pledging assistance for a transnational government, and urging both sides to cease acts of violence. “It’s in nobody’s interest to see violence return and the situation escalate.”

Dozens of Ukrainian citizens were killed following a week of violent anti-government protests that caused the country’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, to go into hiding. Canada and other Ukrainian allies are prepared to enact economic sanctions, and travel restrictions to dissuade other countries from disrupting the peace achieved in the wake of these protests.

The crisis in Ukraine erupted in November when Yanukovych rejected the European Union’s integration pact and accepted $15 billion of Russian aid. Violence and frustrations intensified in Kyiv as protestor demands for governance changes were ignored.

On February 21, a peace agreement that called for national unity was signed. Lawmakers voted to remove Yanukovych from his position as president, and violence in Kyiv’s central square ceased following the release of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

While these changes have granted Ukraine a reprieve from violence, the country’s precarious political situation has opened the door for Russia to reassert its influence over the country.

Canadian Immigration Enacts Travel Bans Against Yanukovych Officials

So far, Canadian travel bans have been enacted against members of Yanukovich’s administration, but immigration minister Chris Alexander maintains that Canada will continue to monitor Russia. Canadian immigration measures against Yanukovich’s officials will remain in place until it is clear that they are fully following through with their commitment to democracy.

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Posted on April 2nd, 2014