Federal government announces new sanctions against Russia

Canada's Foreign Minister says Russia played an integral part in pro-Russian rebels shooting down a civilian jetliner

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (file photo)
Photo: CTV News

The Canadian government is adding more sanctions to Russia in the wake of a Malasian airliner going down in eastern Ukraine.

It is expected that European nations will follow suit.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird condemned the actions of the pro-Russian rebel forces that shot down the civilian plane last week.

"The Kremlin may not have pulled the trigger but it certainly loaded the gun and put it in the murderer's hand," he says.

In a written statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "since the onset of this crisis, Canada has imposed sanctions against 110 individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine. The outrageous and criminal act of shooting down a civilian airliner last week is a direct product of Russia's military aggression and illegal occupation of Ukraine, and demonstrates the need for the international community to continue applying pressure on the Putin regime."

Canada's sanctions are aimed at putting the pinch on Russia's economy and some of the country's most powerful companies.

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  1. arthur posted on 07/21/2014 11:25 AM
    i absolutely loathe this man John Baird.
    Him and Harper on foreign affairs have been nothing but an embarrassment to Canada. first their support for unelected ultra nationalists in Ukraine and their ongoing blanket support for occupation and oppression in the middle east. They continue to thumb their nose at the UN or use it when it serves them
    My Canada is a soft power voice and neutral as we once were. Our voice had more weight around the world now we are just viewed as an American puppets.
    2015 they're gone!!
    1. Paul Schratz posted on 07/21/2014 11:33 AM
      @arthur When have we been neutral in the face of evil?
    2. Frankie posted on 07/21/2014 11:58 AM
      @arthur Occupation and oppression in the Middle East???? Please educate yourself on FACTS about Gaza. Here's a better idea. We'll bomb your home regularly and if you dare to protect yourself we'll call you an aggressor. We'll also tunnel into your home to kidnap and harm your family and don't you dare protect yourself either.
  2. john posted on 07/21/2014 01:16 PM
    there is more to the story then what people think . i got info form a alternative source that says Ukraine fired that missal .
    1. john's uncle / daddy posted on 07/21/2014 03:09 PM
      @john And I got it from a public source that john is a moron.

      That's what his sister / mommy says anyway.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 09:59 AM
      @john Aside from John's crazy family that keeps embarrassing themselves online (no offense john) but I doubt Ukraine fired the missile. I wouldn't doubt though that the unit used to fire the missile was probably stolen from one of the Ukraine's military warehouses.
      And also given the fact that the pro-Russian antagonists are the ones that seems to be the most involved- all fingers point in the direction of Mr. Poutine.
  3. Sonny posted on 07/21/2014 07:57 PM
    john it is quite possible that the Ukrainian brought the plane down. So what was the plane doing over a War zone?
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 10:02 AM
      @Sonny It was an effort to save fuel. Don;t know who's executive decision that was- but apparently it would have cost the plane company a lot more to fly around.
      So I guess they believed they wouldn't be shot at, if they flew at a higher altitude. And there is precedence to substantiate that theory. I've heard experts call in when commercial planes flew over war zones in Africa at roughly the same altitude as the Malaysian jet liner.
    2. Karl's Landlord posted on 07/22/2014 10:32 AM
      @Karl Burgin Karl, you're so full of sh*t your eyes are brown.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 10:38 AM
      @Karl's Landlord So says the Liberal brown-noser...
      Are you low on your meds today donny?
    4. Karl's Landlord posted on 07/22/2014 10:43 AM
      @Karl Burgin Who's donny?

      And why aren't you on your way to Kitchener for that part-time job you love?
    5. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 10:56 AM
      @Karl's Landlord are low on your meds....if you can't even remember your own name...
      Go get help. One of your friends on another post recommended 1-800-Deluded. You should try and see if it works
    6. Karl's Landlord posted on 07/22/2014 11:12 AM
      @Karl Burgin The joke's on you, stupid.

      Try it and you'll see that it's your own phone that rings.

      1-800-DELUDED describes your condition to a "T".
    7. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 11:34 AM
      @Karl's Landlord Yeah...ok.
      You're still dumb.
      You're still a lonely troll.
      You still rarely if ever make any sense.
      You're still a crazy schizo that tries to emulate everyone but yourself donny.
      You still have a garbage can for a mouth- although lately, you've kept it relatively clean.
      And now that you've gotten you're feeding by me responding to you, its time for you to descend into your basement, for your lengthy nap...

      Sweet dreams putz
    8. Karl's Landlord posted on 07/22/2014 11:51 AM
      @Karl Burgin Again, Karl, - who's donny?

      BTW, I'm still waiting for 2 of the 3 months of back rent you owe me.

      Thanks for the $150.00 bucks you did pay for the April rent.
    9. Karl's pedicurist posted on 07/22/2014 12:12 PM
      @Karl's Landlord We'll discuss this next session karl.
    10. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 12:42 PM
      @Karl Burgin @ my supposed landlord and pedicurist-
      Case in point....this is what happens when you given misguided and confused crazies access to a mouse and a keyboard.
    11. Karl's Urologist posted on 07/22/2014 03:27 PM
      @Karl Burgin Karl, as we discussed. Now that your prostrate problem has been cleared up you should have plenty of pressure now to piss all over your landlord and pedicurist. I referred both of them to a proctologist associate to help them deal with the buildup of bs in their bowels. He suspects that not only is there a considerable buildup of waste there but it's elimination being blocked by their brains. Question is: if their brains are in their asses what's between their ears.
    12. tanjo posted on 07/22/2014 03:34 PM
      @Karl's pedicurist pedicurist? next session?

      Exactly how bad are your toenails, Karl?
    13. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 04:27 PM
      @tanjo Well, if buddy here was doing a good job, as he claims to do my nails, i wouldn't have an issue.
      Maybe he should stop trying to wear so many hats in being my supposed landlord, brain, parents, urologist, girlfriend (i'm sure there's more), maybe he would do a better job.

      But that would require donny leaving his basement and being exposed to the sun.
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