ANNOUNCEMENT 08 Jul 2022

In July 2022, the government of Canada announced additional sanctions against Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The government imposed restrictions on 15 Russian media companies and prohibited the importation of gold from Russia. 

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 2 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

Global Affairs Canada. News Release "Minister Joly announces additional sanctions targeting Russian disinformation and propaganda agents". 08/06/2022. Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2022/07/minister-joly-announces-additional-sanctions-targeting-russian-disinformation-and-propaganda-agents.html

Government of Canada. Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (SOR/2022-171). 07/07/2022. Available at: https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/international_relations-relations_internationales/sanctions/russia_regulations-reglement_russie24.aspx?lang=eng

Government of Canada. Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (SOR/2022-170). 07/07/2022. Available at: https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/international_relations-relations_internationales/sanctions/russia_regulations-reglement_russie22.aspx?lang=eng

Prime Minister of Canada. News Release "Prime Minister announces additional sanctions in support of Ukraine". 27/06/2022. Available at: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2022/06/27/prime-minister-announces-additional-sanctions-support-ukraine

Government of Canada. Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (SOR/2022-172). 07/07/2022. Available at: https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/international_relations-relations_internationales/sanctions/russia_regulations-reglement_russie23.aspx?lang=eng

Inception date: 08 Jul 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Import ban

On 8 July 2022, the government of Canada issued Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (SOR/2022-171), prohibiting the importation of certain gold products from Russia. The measure is taken in response to the invasion of Ukraine. 

The government thereby prohibits the importation of unwrought gold, semi-manufactured gold, gold powder, monetary gold and jewellery made of gold from Russia. The goods in question fall under the following HS tariff lines: 7108.11,  7108.12, 7108.13, 7108.20, 7113.19, and 7114.19. The import ban does not apply to the goods in transit through Russia and to the personal effects for individual use. 

In the same announcement, the government of Canada imposed sanctions on Russian media companies allegedly involved in disinformation activities (see related intervention). 

In this context, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, said: "Canada is unwavering in the belief that Ukrainians deserve to live in peace. Vladimir Putin and his regime have caused untold pain and suffering in Ukraine and across the world. Together, with our G7 counterparts, Canada is stepping up our continuous and coordinated pressure to bring about the end of Vladimir Putin’s war of choice". 

The measure comes in coordination with the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan (see related state acts). It is part of the sanctions introduced by Canada against Russia and Belarus in response to the Ukraine invasion (see related state acts).

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AFFECTED PRODUCTS

 
Inception date: 08 Jul 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Controls on commercial transactions and investment instruments

On 8 July 2022, the government of Canada announced sanctions against 13 Russian state-controlled media companies in response to the invasion of Ukraine. According to the government, the sanctioned entities are involved in disinformation and propaganda.

The new restrictions impose a dealings prohibition as well as an asset freeze on the target companies. Among the affected enterprises are:

1. REGNUM News Agency

2. Channel One Russia JSC

3. Television Station Russia-1

4. NTV Broadcasting Company JSC

5. TASS

6. The All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK)

7. Gazprom Media

8. National Media Group

9. Rossiya-24 TV Channel

10. Smotrim

11. Vesti.Ru

12. RT

13. Sputnik

In the same announcement, the Canadian government also banned the import of certain gold products from Russia (see related intervention).

In this context, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: "The Russian propaganda machine must answer for its lies. Canada is committed to fighting disinformation wherever and whenever it is found. Today, we make it clear to those who peddle deception: you will be held accountable. Canada stands with Ukraine". 

The measure is part of the sanctions introduced by Canada against Russia and Belarus in response to the Ukraine invasion (see related state acts).

 
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