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The intention of the Parliament of Canada to adopt the “Law name of Sergei Magnitsky” is a blatant interference in the internal Affairs of Russia will not remain unanswered. On Monday the correspondent of TASS reported the press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Ottawa Kirill Kalinin.
“The decision of the Parliament and government of Canada [on the enactment of this law], what they consider human rights and anti-corruption measure is regrettable confrontational act and a blatant interference in the internal Affairs of Russia”, — he said. The diplomat called it “a continuation of the failed policies of [the canadian government] pursued Russophobic elements.”
He added that the decision “defies common sense and canadian national interests, it isolates Canada from one of the world’s key powers.” “This is a hostile move, as well as any anti-Russian sanctions will be met with strong and reciprocal countermeasures,” — said Kalinin.
Earlier Monday, the House of Commons of the canadian Parliament at the final hearing, approved the adoption of the “Law on victims of corrupt foreign governments” [the”Law name of Sergei Magnitsky”] and referred it to the Senate (upper house), where the document must be approved by October 4. Then it will be submitted for signature to the Governor-General of Canada, and it will take effect.
Cooperation between Ottawa and Moscow were almost completely suspended in 2014 on the initiative of the government of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.