Liquor commission removing Russian alcohol from shelves

Yellowknife's downtown liquor store. (CKLB file photo)

Russian alcohol is being taken off the shelves of NWT liquor stores.

The NWT Liquor and Cannabis Commission has decided to remove the products in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The decision will affects all liquor stores in the territory, including Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik, Norman Wells and Yellowknife.

Establishments that serve alcohol will also remove Russian liquor from the menu.

Russia is facing sanctions from country’s across the world. The sanctions range from being banned in airspace over Europe, Canada and the United States, to freezing financial assets.

The most recent invasion by Russia into Ukraine started last Thursday. Since then, there have been bombings and fighting in several large cities.

While several countries, including Canada, have supported sending weapons to Ukraine, they have not committed troops on the ground.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
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