Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after signing a treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)
Steven Chase
The Hague – The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, March 24, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT
Last updated Monday, March 24, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT
The Russian government has banned entry to 13 Canadian senior civil servants and politicians in retaliation for punitive actions that Ottawa levied on Moscow elite over the annexation of Crimea and the destabilization of the Ukraine.
The largely symbolic sanctions, which do not target Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, come hours before the Group of Seven is expected to suspend Russia from the G8 and cancel a planned summit in Sochi. This is anticipated later Monday but not yet confirmed by Ottawa.
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