Canadian authorities arrest Russian cargo plane An-124: reasons
The Canadian government has ordered the arrest of a Russian-registered An-124 cargo aircraft, which is currently parked at Toronto airport. The aircraft was arrested under the Canadian Special Economic Measures Act.
The Russian AN-124 aircraft belongs to Volga-Dnepr, against which Canada recently imposed sanctions because of their complicity in the war against Ukraine. This is reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada.
The diplomatic office stated that the seizure of the plane was made possible by the new asset seizure and forfeiture authorities under Canada's autonomous sanctions regimes. This action was a direct response to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Also, the Canadian foreign ministry emphasized that the seizure of the plane was the government's first step under the asset seizure and forfeiture regime and was intended to put additional pressure on Russia to stop its war against Ukraine. It is also the first physical property seized by the Canadian government under this regime, and the second overall seized and restrained under the sanctions regime.
Going forward, the Government of Canada will work with the Government of Ukraine on options to redistribute this asset to compensate victims of human rights abuses, restore international peace and security, or rebuild Ukraine.
Earlier it was reported that Canada will transfer a new package of military aid to Ukraine worth a total of $500 million. It will include 10 thousand artillery shells, 76 Rochelle armored vehicles and hundreds of additional missiles.
As a reminder, during his visit to Kiev on June 10, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine . In his speech, the Canadian politician stressed that Ukrainians are currently fighting not only for their families and their independence, but also for democracy, freedom and the future of the entire civilized world.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the Canadian government has imposed further sanctions against the terrorist country Russia . Seventeen people and 18 companies associated with Russian companies supplying military technology to the armed forces, as well as family members of the Kremlin elite fell under the restrictions.