24 March

Statement of the Russian Embassy in Canada on Ottawa's illegal sanctions

STATEMENT

We condemn another portion of anti-Russian sanctions by Canada that are absolutely illegitimate under international law and meaningless in putting pressure on Russia. The language of sanctions is counter-productive. Certainly this unfriendly step, which causes additional damage to already problematic bilateral relations, will not remain without an adequate response.

Attempts to interfere into our internal affairs and impose distorted and politicized view of reality are doomed to failure. Instead of teaching and moralizing others, Ottawa should think of its own worrying human rights record, including systematic violence against Indigenous people and continuing racial discrimination.