Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on new anti-Russia sanctions introduced by Canada
The official Ottawa’s decision to impose anti-Russia sanctions, following its own Russophobic instincts, for a far-fetched reason of “persecution of Alexey Navalny and the opposition in Russia” was no surprise. The ruling elite in Canada has already brought our bilateral relations to their historic low for the sake of a senseless and counterproductive confrontation with Russia only to satisfy Washington's geopolitical ambitions.
This kind of self-isolation from Russia, which has sincere respect for the people of Canada, runs counter to Canada’s national interests and makes the country's foreign policy no longer independent or even based on multilateral diplomacy, something previous generations of Canadian politicians have pursued.
We are open for an honest and mutually respectful dialogue, but we will respond harshly and consistently to any hostile actions and personal sanctions. We plan to take retaliatory measures in the near future.