The representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova announced a ban on entry into Russia of a number of figures from Canada. Her review posted on the Agency’s website.
“We have repeatedly warned canadian authorities against attempts to assist the sanctions pressure on Russia, warning that such actions unanswered will remain. Unfortunately, the official Ottawa under the pretext of the recently adopted anti-Russian “Magnitsky act” once again imposed restrictions in respect of our citizens,” — said in a statement.
The commentary suggests that Moscow has to act on the mirror. “Based on the principle of reciprocity, the decision to close the entry into Russia a number of canadian leaders. The list is long, it has dozens of names. We are talking about those Russophobic minded citizens of Canada, who are systematically engaged in the destruction of bilateral relations,” says Zakharova.
“The question is: is what wanted in Ottawa? Is there really think that Russia can “push”? Or just entertain your political ambitions?”, — asks the representative of the foreign Ministry.
“If the canadian partners like to play in the sanctions game, will be forced to respond. Although we are, of course, preferred path of constructive engagement on issues important to the peoples of both countries. We hope that the political circles in Canada comes enlightenment and they will abandon the disastrous course, leading to further deterioration of bilateral relations”, — concluded Zakharov.
Earlier Friday, Canada contributed to the sanctions list of 30 Russian citizens. Under the sanctions were the faces associated with corruption and tax fraud in the amount of 230 million USD, open Sergei Magnitsky in 2008. The list includes officials and officials “have committed serious violations of legal and human rights in relation to Magnitsky during the investigation of his case and pre-trial detention, including psychological and physical violence that ultimately led to his death in a Russian prison in November 2009.” In the list appears the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin.
Background: Canada first used its “Magnitsky act” against the Russians