Freeland was due to submit a plan to allow “purchases” from sanctions during the G7 summit in Germany last week, and was inspired by talks with Russian oligarchy, Canadian media reported on Thursday after the AP.
The Canadian deputy prime minister was a journalist in Moscow before joining the government and later met with a number of current oligarchy groups. He is the author of books on the formation of the Russian oligarchy.
According to AP sources, Ukraine is aware of this plan and has not ruled out such an opportunity. On the other hand, Western allies also believe that some oligarchy can distance itself from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the European Commission proposed that the violation of sanctions against Russia be added to the list of EU crimes. This will ensure that the assets of individuals and companies that violate the regulations are effectively confiscated in the future.
– We must ensure that individuals or entities that bypass EU regulations are held accountable. Doing so is a crime that should be severely punished throughout the EU. Currently, fines for violating different criminal definitions and restrictions can still lead to impunity. EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reinders said that to prevent EU sanctions being violated, we need to close the gaps and provide appropriate tools for judicial authorities.
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