Prime Minister concludes successful visit to Belgium and announces further support for Ukraine


Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2022 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeautoday successfully concluded its journey to Brussels, Belgium. The Prime Minister addressed the European Parliament and participated in an extraordinary summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and a meeting of Heads of State and Government of the G7.

To rely more on from Canada coordinated response to Russia unlawful, unprovoked and unjustifiable aggression against Ukrainethe Prime Minister today announced additional measures to support Ukraine and hold Russia responsible for its invasion, including:

  • Imposing new sanctions under the Special economic measures (Russia) Regulations against 160 members of the Russian Federation Council for facilitating and enabling violations of Ukraine sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity;
  • Impose in the coming days new bans under the Special economic measures (Russia) Regulations prohibit the export of certain goods and technologies to Russiawith the aim of undermining and eroding the capabilities of the Russian military;
  • Allocate the rest $50 millionfrom from Canada $100 million contribution for humanitarian aid to Ukraine and neighboring countries, including Moldova, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Refugee Agency, the Canadian Red Cross and People in Need to provide immediate relief where it is most needed. no longer needed; and
  • Allocate total $4.8 million to UNESCO to protect Ukraine cultural and heritage sites.

At March 23the Prime Minister addressed the European Parliament where he condemned President Putin’s war of choice and reaffirmed from Canada unwavering commitment to Euro-Atlantic security, including calling for continued strong and coordinated support for Ukraine in response to Russia aggression. He spoke of the need to continue working together to promote international peace and security and defend democracy. During his address, the Prime Minister underlined the close partnership between Canada and the European Union on the basis of our common values.

At March 24the Prime Minister met with leaders of allied countries at the NATO summit to build on our coordinated response to Russia illegal invasion of Ukraine. They discussed the continued coordination of strong support to Ukraine and its people, and further strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense measures in response to the new security reality in Europe.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed from Canada unwavering attachment to the Alliance and to NATO’s principle of collective defence. He pointed out from Canada renewed commitment to defend NATO’s eastern flank and to support the Eastern Allies through Operation REASSURANCE and from Canada commit to deploying additional troops, as part of the NATO Response Force, if requested by NATO.

The Prime Minister also attended the G7 Heads of State and Government Meeting, where leaders discussed strengthening G7 cooperation in light of Russia unwarranted, unprovoked and unlawful invasion of an independent and sovereign state Ukraine, and the resulting global impacts. The Prime Minister reaffirmed from Canada unwavering support for Ukraine and pointed out that Canada stands ready to continue to impose additional economic measures in coordination with its partners and allies around the world.

Whereas in Brusselsthe Prime Minister also held bilateral talks with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenthe President of the European Council, Charles Michelthe President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsolaand the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin.

The Prime Minister continues to engage regularly with his partners and allies to hold President Putin and his military accountable for this illegal and unjustifiable invasion, and to support Ukraine as it defends its people, its sovereignty and its territorial integrity.


Canada worked closely with our NATO, G7 and European Union allies and other partners around the world to hold Russia responsible for its continued, illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. Together we will continue to support Ukraine as it defends its people, sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, including through new coordinated economic sanctions and by delivering essential humanitarian aid where it is needed most. »
– The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeauprime minister of Canada

Fast facts

  • Since Russia illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada sanctioned 804 individuals and 203 entities, many in coordination with our allies. These include sanctions against the Russian President Vladimir Poutinemembers of the Russian Federation Council, Ministers of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, of Defense Sergei Shoigu, of Finance Anton Siluanov, Judge Konstantin Chuychenko and entities from the defense and financial sectors. Today’s sanctions bring that total to 964 people. from Canada sanctions impose asset freezes and transaction bans.
  • The list of restricted goods and technologies will aim to undermine and erode the capabilities of the Russian military by prohibiting the export of a wide range of items to Russiaincluding in the areas of electronics, computers, telecommunications, sensors and lasers, navigation and avionics, marine, aerospace and transportation.
  • Since January 2022, Canada has committed $180 million in humanitarian and development assistance Ukraine. From this, $50 million has been allocated to the World Food Programme, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund, HelpAge, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages and others help where it’s needed most.
  • Canadian Heritage, Parks Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts (responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO) are joining forces to help Ukraine through the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund. Their combined contribution of $4.8 million to the fund will support UNESCO’s efforts to respond rapidly to crises resulting from armed conflicts and disasters, and in particular to the serious threats to which Ukraine.
  • At March 8, 2022announced Prime Minister Trudeau Canada renew its multi-year commitment to Operation REASSURANCE, the Canadian Armed Forces’ support of NATO assurance and deterrence measures in central and Eastern Europesince 2014. This announcement is a year ahead of schedule and responds to the evolution of the security situation in Eastern Europe.
  • Canada has up to 3,400 troops pledged to the NATO Response Force (NRF), to be deployed if NATO requests them directly. It is a mix of Army, Air Force and Navy capabilities.

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