Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that Canada intends to impose additional sanctions on Russia in concert with the United States and the European Union.
"In the wake of continued aggression by Russia, which includes the ongoing supply of logistical support and weapons systems to agents of the Putin regime in eastern Ukraine, Canada is announcing its intent to once again increase economic and political pressure, in the coming days, by imposing additional sanctions on the regime and those closest to it," reads a statement of the Canadian prime minister. "In doing so, we are moving in close coordination with our partners in the United States and Europe," he added. "President Putin's failure to end his support to armed rebel groups constitutes a very real threat to international peace and security. His actions represent an overt, direct threat to the Ukrainian people and its rightfully elected government," he said. "Canada remains committed to working with our allies and partners in the international community to preserve and promote a free, democratic and peaceful world. We are ready to impose further sanctions if the Putin regimes military aggression continues," he said.