Touching down in Europe, Harper extends sanctions on Russian officials, bank

Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves Ottawa on Friday, March 21, 2021 en route to Europe where he will visit the Ukraine, Netherlands, and Germany. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves Ottawa on Friday, March 21, 2021 en route to Europe where he will visit the Ukraine, Netherlands, and Germany. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The Canadian Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has imposed sanctions against more Russian officials and their personal bank.

The news comes as Harper arrives in Europe for a trip that includes a brief visit to Ukraine to meet that country’s prime minister and show support for Ukrainians over the Russian incursion into the Crimean peninsula.

The new sanctions place economic restrictions and travel bans on 14 officials, including the intelligence chief of the Russian general staff and more of President Vladimir Putin’s aides and advisers.

They also hit the Bank Rossiya, which the Prime Minister’s Office says is the personal bank for senior Russian officials.

Harper will on Saturday become the first leader of a G7 country to visit the eastern European nation since pro-Western demonstrators drove out its government last month.

The prime minister will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who has already recently visited Kyiv, but they’ll spend only a few hours in Ukraine after flying in from the Netherlands.

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