War in Ukraine | Canada could become a haven for Russian dissidents

(Ottawa) Canada will continue to punish Russia for its “unjust” wars, but it is not yet ready to follow in the footsteps of countries that have closed the door to Russian tourism by refusing to issue visas. Foreign Minister Jolly wants to flee the country because it could come here.

Posted at 9:50 am.
11:09 am update

melanie marquis

melanie marquis
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The head of Canada’s foreign affairs at the United Nations in New York reiterated in a conference call on Thursday that the partial mobilization of reservists ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin constitutes an “acknowledgment of failure”.

And this shows “how isolated Putin is,” when “Russian soldiers are ready to abandon the country to avoid being on the front lines of the Ukrainian war,” she said. He said he was entitled to pass a nuclear threat from the Kremlin’s heavyweights … irresponsible and inconceivable.

This is why she cited to explain the Trudeau government’s position on issuing visas to Russian citizens. “What we are seeing now is that there are Russian soldiers ready to challenge authority, abandoning their ranks and fleeing the Ukrainian battlefields.

“With this, Putin announced the partial mobilization of 300,000 Russians. In addition, there have been several demonstrations across the country,” Joly continued.

“And what we want to do is be able to support Russian dissidents as Europeans and Americans do. We want to be very open so that we can be welcoming,” she pleaded.

Four of Russia’s five neighbors – Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia – began denying entry to Russian tourists on Monday. These bans exclude Russian dissidents, truck drivers, refugees and permanent residents of European Union countries.

A few days ago, it was reported in the office of Immigration Minister Sean Fraser that this possibility has not been completely ruled out. “We continue to evaluate all available options to ensure that Russia’s actions go unpunished,” spokeswoman Aidan Strickland said.

“Appropriate response”

Turning the screw against the Russian public is demanded by the Ukrainian government. About a month ago, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitro Kouleva extended this controversial demand, initially made to the European Union, to the G7 countries.

“In simple terms, Russian tourists, businessmen and students should be barred from entering EU and G7 countries. This is an appropriate response to Russia’s war of genocidal aggression,” he said. He made the allegations in an open letter published in August. Politico.

Here at home, the Ukrainian-Canadian parliament is pushing for the same. “We strongly support this request and have communicated it to the federal government,” Orest Zakidarsky, a spokesperson for the organization, said in an interview some time ago.

And he doesn’t think it’s unfair to punish civilians for the war his country is waging. I don’t understand why the people of the aggressor country can’t take responsibility for their own actions. ”

Bloc Québécois does not believe it is “proper” to follow this path.

“We understand that Ukrainians want us to increase pressure on Russia, but Brock Quebec has always insisted on distinguishing between the Russian people and their current leaders,” he said. MP Stephane Bergeron wrote in a recent email.

“Applying the same ban to all Russian citizens may seem unfair to those who oppose this unjust war and want to leave the country because of the oppression,” he also argued.

The Conservative Party and the New Democrats did not respond on the matter.

more help coming

Jolly also assured that Ottawa would soon impose new sanctions on Moscow and additional aid to Kyiv would soon follow. In particular, support for the Ukrainian army is being considered in more military training, she said.

The CBC network reported Wednesday that Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov asked Canada’s Anita Anand three weeks ago to send new military equipment, including lightly armored vehicles.

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