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18 May 201720:51

Comment by the Information and Press Department on anti-Russian activities in Canada

987-18-05-2017

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We are compelled to warn official Ottawa that we consider its strong support for a Canadian version of the US Magnitsky Act, as a means to make unsubstantiated human rights claims against Russia, to be another openly hostile move. Should the Canadian parliament approve this punitive legal act, it would seriously damage relations between our countries, which are not experiencing the best of times already.

Canada does not stand to gain from this. Its government, which is following the lead of political agitators like financial con man William Browder from Britain, prefer to distance itself from Russia instead of promoting mutually beneficial cooperation, including economic cooperation and cooperation to develop the Arctic. Of course, Ottawa is free to act as it deems appropriate, but it is a short-sighted policy.  

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