Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau banned from Russia

According to a news announcement on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been barred from entering Russia.

The declaration came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech to the House of Commons in Canada, in which he reiterated his desire for a NATO-led no-fly zone over Ukraine.

The prime minister’s office (PMO) stated it would not be deterred from punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine in response to the news that Trudeau had been barred from entering the country.

According to the sources, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Brussels next week for a special NATO conference to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to a senior source in the prime minister’s office, Trudeau will go to Europe for the conference, which will be his second since the conflict began.

The White House said Tuesday that US President Joe Biden will also go to Brussels for the conference, which is scheduled for March 24. It will be his first trip to Europe since Russia launched an offensive against Ukraine over three weeks ago.

Trudeau returned from a week-long visit of Europe on Friday, where he met with allies to explore ways to increase pressure on Russia in the hopes of resolving the crisis, which has killed hundreds of people and displaced over 3 million.

The topic is set to continue in next week’s Brussels summit, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pushes NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine and tougher sanctions on Moscow.

On Tuesday, Zelenskyy gave a virtual address to the Canadian Parliament, which received a standing ovation from Trudeau and the rest of the House of Commons.

He urged Canada to “do more” to end the conflict, repeating his demands to other Western nations to intervene more firmly and halt Russia.

A no-fly zone will not be established, according to NATO officials, including Trudeau, since it would be perceived as a blatant provocation that may lead to a disastrous conflict between Russia and the West.

Russia barred Trudeau and around 300 other Canadians, including Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, from entering the country shortly after Zelenskyy’s address on Tuesday.

The order was issued in retribution for Canada’s strong sanctions against Russia’s economy and President Vladimir Putin, as well as other senior government officials and billionaires.

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