Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced brand new sanctions against the war in Ukraine at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, on May 19, 2023. Apart from this, he also declared new funding for nuclear security and safety.
Moreover, Canada has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine against the ongoing Russian aggression. Also, the war between the two countries still rages on after over a year.
The G7 members discussed the current impact of the Russia-Urakine War on an international level. Also, it issued a statement reemphasizing its backing of Ukraine against its invader.
New Sanctions in Support of Ukraine
However, the Prime Minister announced new sanctions in support of Ukraine on the opening day of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima and certainly, the new sanctions will be imposed under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations.
“Russia’s brutal and unjustifiable invasion has caused immeasurable pain and suffering in Ukraine and all over the world – from loss of life and home to food and energy insecurity. Putin’s reckless nuclear rhetoric threatens us all. Our message from Hiroshima is clear: G7 partners will continue to apply pressure on Russia to end its war of choice, and we will not be intimidated by nuclear rhetoric as we continue our pursuit of a more peaceful, stable, and secure future for everyone.”
–The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Hiroshima Vision on Nuclear Disarmament
The G7 countries declared the Hiroshima Vision on Nuclear Disarmament on day 1 of the G7 Summit.
Moreover, in the vision, they criticized Russia’s reckless and unnecessary talks on the usage of nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine.
Also, the G7 members emphasized in the declaration the importance of preserving the 77-year-long period of non-usage of nuclear weapons.
However, in the present world scenario, any usage of nuclear weapons by any country has the potential to risk an all-out nuclear war which would prove disastrous for the planet and humanity in general.
The North Korea Issue
The urgency to curb the growing threat posed by North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs was also addressed at the Summit.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a sum of $15 million spread over 5 projects. The projects will be aimed at aiding the international community in bettering their efforts to “identify, investigate, and respond to North Korea’s WMD activities, including sanctions evasion.”
International Atomic Energy Agency
Canada is one of the key funders of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). So, in keeping true to Canada’s leadership role in the IAEA, the Prime Minister announced $4 million in funds for the Agency.
These funds are meant to help the IAEA in its work of verifying and monitoring Iran’s compliance with its nuclear commitments.
Also, Canada’s recent $2 million contribution to the IAEA was also highlighted by the Prime Minister.
Moreover, the funds were directed towards supporting the Agency in its work for the security and safety upkeep of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and other nuclear facilities in Ukraine.
In summary, the Prime Minster’s new announcements for new sanctions and new funding contributions reflect Canada’s stringent stance against Russian aggression and nuclear hostility at a global level.