OTTAWA (QHA) -

Canada should strengthen sanctions against Russia and include more oligarchs on the "Magnitsky list", according to the president of the Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars Rustem Irsai.

"We urge the Canadian parliament to step up sanctions against the criminal Russian regime and to add more oligarchs to the Magnitsky list," he said.

Irsai stated that it is impossible to allow oligarchs who support the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin to freely travel to the occupied Crimea.

 He further noted that Canada could become one of the first states in the world to recognize the genocide of the Crimean Tatars.

"There is no place for Putin's bloody money ... We are sure that Crimea will soon be free and will return to Ukraine. We do everything possible for this. Together we are strong.”

QHA reported that the Council of the European Union imposed sanctions against five persons involved in organizing illegal presidential elections in Russia in the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol. In turn, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko noted that the topic of de-occupation of Crimea is one of the priorities in the EU.

Later, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the introduction of sanctions by the European Union against persons involved in organizing illegal presidential elections in the occupied Crimea would be a signal to "all real collaborators".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that Canada is adamant in condemning the occupation of the Crimea, remembers the tragedy of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars and promises to continue to speak in defense of this people. Ottawa also condemns the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and expects Russia to abolish this illegal and immoral decision.

Source: Ukrinform

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