(OTTAWA) Canada has not ruled out imposing sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s alleged girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast, the foreign minister said.

Ms. Kabaeva’s name is said to have appeared on a draft list of individuals likely to be sanctioned by the European Union.

When asked last month if Ms. Kabaeva could be on a future sanctions list, White House press secretary Jen Psaki replied, “No one is immune from our sanctions. . »

Mélanie Joly said Canada’s goal was to be in step with its allies to impose sanctions on individuals with links to Mr. Putin.

The minister said in an interview that Canada was preparing a new list of sanctions which would be announced soon.

She confirmed that Canada was not ruling out adding Ms. Kabaeva’s name to a future sanctions list.

“Our goal is to be completely in tune with the European Union,” she said. “Our goal is to have all of our allies’ sanctions implemented in Canada as well. »

Canada and the EU have already imposed sanctions on the adult daughters of Mr. Putin, Mariya Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova. Canada has also sanctioned oligarchs close to the Russian president, as well as Mr. Putin himself.

Vladimir Putin, 69, has been extremely tight-lipped about his personal life and has previously denied a relationship with the 38-year-old former rhythmic gymnastics medalist, who has several children.

Ms. Kabaeva has won several Olympic medals as well as World Championship and European Rhythmic Gymnastics medals.



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