Statement Article from  Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Canada Taking Strong Action Against Key Ukrainian Government Officials

Ottawa, January 28, 2014 – Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Recent actions by members of Ukraine’s ruling elite in the face of popular and growing protests have been utterly deplorable, and compel us to take targeted and meaningful action.

“Given the violent repression of legitimate protest and the intimidation of opposition voices, we will be restricting entry to Canada – effective immediately – for key government figures as a direct result of their actions in recent days.

“Although Canada welcomes the recent developments in Ukraine, more needs to be done.  The Ukrainian government must address the fundamental demands of the people, including accountability and a full embrace of democratic principles.

“We believe it will take more than words to establish trust with the people, and Canada will continue to stand with the Ukrainian people, who courageously continue to speak out in support of democracy.

“Canada will continue to monitor developments in Ukraine, and, with our international partners, consider further options if necessary.”

For further information (media only), please contact:

Alexis Pavlich
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
613-954-1064

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
613-952-1650
CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
613-995-1874
media@international.gc.ca
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