Canada demands suspension of Russia from Interpol

Canada is demanding that Russia be suspended from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on March 3.

Trudeau said Canada is working with other allies to support the move as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.

“Today, Canada and other close partners are calling for Russia to stop from Interpol,” he said. At a press conference In Ottawa.

“We support this because we believe that international law enforcement cooperation relies on a collective commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and mutual respect among Interpol members.”

If a call to suspend Russia is heard, Russia will not have access to the law enforcement network of research support and expertise shared among the 195 member states.

When Trudeau was asked if he would support Russia’s withdrawal from the G20 forum, the previous expulsion of Russia from the G8 in 2014 after the invasion of Crimea showed the value of such countermeasures. Said that.

“Russia’s expulsion from the G8 … shows that world-leading democracy is worth being together to solve things,” he said.

Trudeau, with many G20 leaders, discusses what countries can consider in terms of “asking Russia for explanations and raising concerns” and at the same time “continuing to be involved in a constructive way in the global economy.” He said he had talked.

“This is a conversation that will take place over the months towards the fall of the G20 meeting. There are no difficult decisions yet, but it’s certainly a reflection we need to have,” he said. ..

At the beginning of March 3, Defense Minister Anita Anand announced that Canada would supply Ukraine with more military equipment, including 72 rocket launchers and grenades. Russian crude oil.

Meanwhile, Trudeau said Canada would create a new immigration route, a Canada-Ukraine license for emergency travel, allowing more Ukrainians to temporarily come to Canada.

“This eliminates many of the usual visa requirements and makes it the fastest and safest way to get to Canada,” he said.

Canada Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) said In a press release, All Ukrainian citizens will be able to apply through this new road. Your stay in Canada may be extended by at least two years before background checks and security screenings are conducted.

The agency is expected to open an extended route for applications within two weeks. In the meantime, it continues to encourage Ukrainians to apply through all other programs, and their application takes precedence.

The IRCC will implement a separate special family reunification sponsorship route for Ukrainians with Canadian citizens or permanent resident families. According to the release, details of this program will be announced “within a few weeks.”

When Trudeau declared his government a Russian ambassador to Canada and his staff as a persona non grata and was asked if he would be expelled from the country, such a decision was “in the best interests of Canada.” I didn’t answer directly, saying that it had to be done. Its allies.

“Of course, we’re looking at what our allies are doing and what they need to do. Yes, we’re not just sending the strongest signal, but as effective as possible to end it. It is a target. [invasion],” He said.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.