Ukraine Crisis: Russia lists Canada’s Prime Minister, foreign affairs, defense ministers on its ‘black list’

File image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by via Wikimedia Commons

Moscow: The Russian Foreign Ministry has put the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Defence Minister Anita Anand on what it calls its “black list”.

They have been banned from entering Russia.

The other federal party leaders — interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, and Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May — have been told they can’t set foot on Russian soil, reports CBC News.

The move is a response to Canada’s aggressive stance toward Russia following that country’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, reported the media.

Canada and allies like the U.K. also have led the charge to essentially disconnect Russian financial institutions from the global economy while restricting Russia’s exports and imposing steep tariffs on its imports after Moscow decided to invade Ukraine, creating tension in the region.

(Reporting by Suman Das)