Russia Inspires Canada to Increase Arms Spending

Saturday, March 26, 2022 – 01:44 WIB

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie. Photo: Sebastien ST-JEAN / AFP, LONDON – Canada will continue to increase its defense spending, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday (24/3), as he announced new sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

“Canada will increase the pressure by imposing sanctions on the 160 members of the Council of the Russian Federation that facilitated and allowed this unjustified invasion,” Trudeau told reporters after a NATO summit in Brussels.

In the coming days, Canada will also impose new bans on exports of certain goods and technology to Russia, “with the aim of undermining and eroding Russia’s military capabilities,” according to a statement.

The Russian embassy in Canada tweeted that targeting Federation Council members was a “ridiculous act and a sign of the powerlessness of Western sanctions policy”.

NATO, G7 and European Union leaders met in Brussels for a summit focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the United States also announced new sanctions against Moscow to demonstrate Western unity.

Asked about defense spending, Trudeau said “our investment in our Canadian Armed Forces will continue to increase and we will talk more about this at an appropriate time.”

Several European countries, including Germany, Poland and Denmark, have increased military spending in response to the Ukraine crisis.

Trudeau said the deal he reached with the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) earlier this week.

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