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Canada to announce new Russian sanctions at G7 summit: source

OTTAWA — A government official says Canada plans to announce new sanctions on Russia during the G7 Leaders’ Summit. 

The sanctions will target Russian companies involved in military technology, while other sanctions have to do with human rights violations, including the transfer and custody of Ukrainian children in Russia. 

The official is not being named because they are not authorized to discuss the details publicly. 

In March, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for President Vladimir Putin and Russian children’s rights commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova, accusing them of abducting children from Ukraine.

The summit is expected to focus heavily on geopolitical threats from both China and Russia, with Canada focused on pushing for ongoing support for Ukraine. 

News reports suggest the G7 countries are working together to announce various sanctions against Russia. 

The Associated Press is reporting that according to a source, the U.S. plans to blacklist about 70 Russian and third-country entities involved in Russia’s defence production, and sanction more than 300 individuals, entities, aircraft and vessels.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 19, 2023. 

– With files from The Associated Press.

Nojoud Al Mallees, The Canadian Press