Russia says recent US, Canada sanctions will stoke unrest in Ukraine


MOSCOW — The latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions by the United States and Canada hamper efforts to resolve the conflict, Russia’s foreign ministry said Saturday. ��The sanctions are directed to disrupt the political process,�� the ministry said in a statement following the announcement of the latest measures on Friday.

��We advise Washington and Ottawa to think about the consequences of such actions,�� it said, adding: ��We will start to develop counter-measures.�� US President Barack Obama issued an executive order prohibiting trade with Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in March.

Additionally 24 individuals and entities were added to the U.S. Treasury blacklist �X people from Crimea and separatist leaders involved in fighting in eastern Ukraine as well as several Russians supporting the insurgency. Canada meanwhile slapped fresh measures on Russia’s oil and gas sector and issued travel bans on several politicians in Russia and the separatist regions. ��Crimea is the original and inseparable part of Russia. Residents of Crimea today are together with the Russian people, who never have and never will bend under external pressure,�� the Russian foreign ministry statement said.