Canada’s controversial presence at Russian Embassy ceremony in Ottawa | war in Ukraine

As Canada takes a hard line on Moscow, Global Affairs Canada sent its deputy chief of protocol to a reception hosted by the Russian embassy in Ottawa on Friday. A “completely unacceptable” gesture, reacted Federal Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.

According to the first information from the daily newspaper tea World & E-mail and confirmed by CBC, Yasemin Heinbecker, a senior Canadian ministry official, was present at the Russian embassy in Ottawa on Friday. A ceremony was held there to mark Russia Day.

Completely unacceptable. No Canadian representative should have attended the event organized by the Russian Embassy and no Canadian representative will attend such an event in the future Minister Joly said on Twitter on Sunday evening.

The decision to send a protocol officer to the reception was made by Global Affairs Canadawe confirm on the part of the ministry responsible for diplomatic relations.

The latter indicates this by e-mailno Canadian representative should have attended the event organized by the Russian Embassy and no Canadian representative will attend such an event in the future. Russian officials are not invited to Canada Day events hosted by the department.

The Russian ambassador to Canada reacts

That, in turn, was what the Russian ambassador Oleg Stepanov wanted Heinbecker d’avoir honoré notre réception”,”text”:”remercier MmeHeinbecker d’avoir honoré notre réception”}}”>Thank you Ms. Heinbecker for enriching our reception.

Diplomacy is a question of dialogue. Despite the current political differences, we must remember that our countries are neighbors. […] We do not view Canada through the lens of confrontation and stand ready to wait patiently for the Trudeau cabinet or the next administration to understand that it is in Canada’s national interest to maintain good neighborly relations with Russia. This would certainly benefit both our nations and the Arctic.added the ambassador in a written statement.

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