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 Canada ready to stiffen Russia sanctions over Assad regime support, - Trudeau

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he would consider imposing stiffer sanctions on Russia amid the Syrian crisis.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Reuters, speaking to reporters at a military commemoration ceremony in France, Trudeau said Canada already has stiff sanctions against Russia and "we are always ready to strengthen those sanctions in concert with the international community."

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Trudeau said international allies must move towards achieving peace and stability in Syria without Assad, and he also hardened Canada's position against Russia, which backs Assad. He was speaking days after U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for what the United States said was a chemical weapons attack by Assad's forces.

"I think Russia needs to be aware, made aware of its responsibility in the bloody actions last week by the Assad regime and therefore we are always open to working with our friends, allies and partners allies to send clear messages through sanctions and other means to Russia," Trudeau said.

Read more: Britain to urge G7 countries to impose new sanctions against Russia

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) nations are meeting in Italy on Monday, eager to hear whether Washington is now committed to overthrowing Assad. They also want the United States to put pressure on Moscow to distance itself from Assad.

Trudeau said last week that Canada fully supported the U.S. missile strikes on April 7.

He told reporters in France that "there is no question the medium and long term future of a peaceful Syria no longer includes Bashar al-Assad," adding that there was no pure military solution to the crisis, but that a diplomatic effort must be part of the international strategy.

Read more: Assad's allies say US attack crosses 'red lines'

On April 7, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase following a chemical airstrike in the province of Idlib blamed on President Assad.

At least 80 civilians died in the air attack on the town in rebel-held Idlib province prompting an international outcry. The United States accuses the regime of President Bashar al-Assad of using chlorine gas mixed with a highly toxic sarin-like nerve agent in an air attack. UNICEF confirmed at least 27 children had been killed in the attack in Idlib.


 
 
 
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