: Russia vows ‘retaliatory measures' after Canada imposes more sanctions

13:11 Mar. 20, 2016

Russia vows ‘retaliatory measures' after Canada imposes more sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives his annual news conference at the Russian Foreign Minister building on January, 26, 2016, in Moscow, Russia (Getty Images)

Previous sanctions list was expanded because of Russia's continuing aggression towards Ukraine

Moscow has promised revenge after Canada decided to impose more sanctions on Russian individuals and entities.

"Contrary to the commitments declared by the new government of Justin Trudeau to cooperate on the international stage, Ottawa continues to whip up tension", the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

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The ministry accused Canada of ‘constantly looking at Washington' when it comes to decision taking and vowed a response to the ‘unfriendly move.'

"The new Canadian authorities had a chance to overcome the impasse inherited from the previous government - but Ottawa did not use it. This unfriendly move will not be left without a response – our countermeasures are to follow," the statement said.

On March 18, Canada expanded the list of individuals and entities that are subject to asset freezes and trade bans ‘until Russia fully complies with its international obligations with respect to Ukraine.'

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