Canadians will see fewer varieties of Russian alcohol in the country after Ottawa announced on Friday that it would stop importing such products due to Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
The federal government also said it was imposing sanctions on 14 other people, including Russian oligarchs, their family members and close associates of President Vladimir Putin.
Ottawa has now imposed sanctions on more than 1,000 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus since the war began on February 24.
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Not only does Canada ban the import of certain products from Russia, but Ottawa is also cutting exports to the country.
The federal government bans the export of targeted luxury goods, including alcoholic beverages, tobacco, certain textile and sportswear products, shoes, luxury clothing and accessories, jewelry, kitchenware and art .
“Canada also bans the import of targeted luxury goods from Russia, including alcoholic beverages, seafood, fish and non-industrial diamonds,” the government said.
“Together, these categories accounted for $75.7 million in merchandise in 2021.”
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He did not specify which types of products would no longer be imported and exported.
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Alcohol bans were imposed by some provinces shortly after the start of the war. Ontario, for example, ordered the LCBO to remove all Russian-made products from its shelves on Feb. 25.
The United States also banned imports of Russian alcohol on March 11.
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Ottawa’s new bans aim to align with moves by its allies to limit the potential for Russian oligarchs to circumvent restrictions in other luxury goods markets, the government said.
“The Government of Canada is also putting in place an export ban on goods that could be used in the production and manufacture of weapons by Russia,” Ottawa said.
“Together, these measures will help maintain additional pressure on the Russian regime to end its unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.”
In addition to the sanctions, the federal government also announced on Friday that it was lending $250 million to Ukraine through the International Monetary Fund’s administered account for Ukraine.
“Together with prior financial support, this loan brings Canada’s financial commitment to Ukraine to $1.87 billion this year,” a press release read.
“This funding is separate from and in addition to significant assistance committed through military aid, humanitarian response efforts and immigration measures.”
Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine has been going on for nearly three months and has resulted in the deaths of thousands and the displacement of millions.
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