As of today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an emergency desicion to immediately cease imports of Russian crude oil into the country, as part of efforts to ramp up pressure on President Vladimir Putin.
Trudeau made the announcement at a press conference in Ottawa, where he also announced plans to provide anti-tank weapon systems to Ukraine.
“Today, we are announcing our intention to ban all imports of crude oil from Russia, an industry that has benefited President Putin and his oligarchs greatly,” Trudeau said in French. “While Canada has imported very little amounts in recent years, this measure sends a powerful message.”
Canada hasn’t imported any crude oil from Russia since 2019, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told lawmakers on Monday.
Trudeau also committed to an additional shipment of lethal weapons to Ukraine as its military continues to fight off better-armed Russian forces, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.
"Yesterday, we announced that we would be sending new shipments of military supplies, including body armour, helmets, gas masks and night vision goggles," Trudeau said. "Today we are announcing that we will be supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons systems and upgraded ammunition."