Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on retaliatory measures against Canadian officials and individuals involved in shaping and pursuing anti-Russian policy
Official Ottawa continues to support, at various levels, initiatives targeting Russia by engaging in inappropriate and counterproductive activity to support the ultra-nationalist regime in Kiev and the Russophobic forces in the Baltics, the unsubstantiated accusations against our country of alleged aggression against Ukraine, as well as attempts to interfere in Russia’s domestic affairs.
These actions on Canada’s part have contributed to the deterioration of our bilateral relations and had a negative impact on the prospects of resuming a full-fledged dialogue between our states and improving cooperation between Russia and Canada as North Pole neighbours.
In response to the unlawful sanctions imposed by the Canadian government on March 24, 2021, against Russian citizens on the contrived pretext of alleged persecution of Russian citizen Alexey Navalny, who was convicted for a criminal offence, it has been decided that the following Canadian citizens be prohibited entry to Russia for an indefinite term:
- David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada;
- Anne Kelly, Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada;
- Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
- Marci Surkes, Executive Director, Policy and Cabinet Affairs for Canadian Prime Minister's Office;
- Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of Canada;
- Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister of the Department of National Defence of Canada;
- Mike Rouleau, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Department of National Defence of Canada;
- Brian Brennan, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
- Scott Bishop, Rear Admiral, Commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command.
Russia remains open, when and if Ottawa is ready, to developing our relations on the principles of mutual respect and focusing on cooperation in such areas of objectively overlapping interests as the Arctic, regional and business links. People in Russia have always had warm feelings towards Canadians, despite the Russophobic sentiments cultivated by some representatives of the Canadian political class and groups of influence.