TORONTO — Canada says it is planning to issue further economic sanctions over sectors of the Russian economy due to Russia’s continuing military actions against Ukraine.
The move comes as the world reacts with shock to the downing of a Malaysian airline over eastern Ukraine.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday that Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine need to withdraw from the area and allow an international team of forensic experts to investigate the crash of Flight MH17.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also issued a statement Monday saying the shooting down of MH17 is a direct result of Russia’s military aggression and illegal occupation of Ukraine.
Canada has so far imposed sanctions against 110 individuals and entities considered to be responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.