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Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov said the threat of Western sanctions in response to a military build-up along the Ukrainian border carries no weight.

In an interview on CTV News Channel’s Power Play with host Evan Solomon on Thursday, Stepanov said the possibility of further sanctions would not influence the country’s future actions.

“Sanctions never work and sanctions can never work against such countries, such [a] nation like Russia. Attempts to use sanctions as a threat to force Russia to take certain steps on the international stage are just an illusion,” he said.

“In fact, in Russia, and the Russian government, and I can tell you frankly, nobody cares about Western sanctions anymore…because they don’t work and they don’t bite, they don’t inflict any real influence nor any practical results.”

Canada, along with other NATO allies, has stressed that any further incursion by Russian troops into Ukraine will carry “serious consequences” and sanctions.

The Canadian government has not specified what these sanctions would look like.

Global Affairs reports that Canada has targeted more than 440 individuals and entities linked to Russia since 2014, when its military forcibly annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

The US Treasury Department on Thursday imposed new sanctions on four Ukrainian officials, including two current members of parliament who administration officials say are part of an effort to influence Russians to serve as a pretext for another invasion. from Ukraine.

Stepanov said Russia had “no desire” to invade Ukraine, adding that the gathering of some 100,000 troops along the border was part of “regular drills” on its own territory.

“Russia can do everything on its own territory and of course we will never move our troops to our territory at the request of foreign countries,” he said.

With file from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press.

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