Canadian diplomat expelled from Russia in retaliation

Canadian Embassy in Moscow

Newscast Media OTTAWA—Russia has expelled a Canadian diplomat in retaliation for
Canada’s expulsion of an aide to Russia’s defense attache in Ottawa earlier this
month.

Moscow announced on April 22 that Canadian Embassy First Secretary Margarita
Atanasov had been given two weeks to leave the country.

Canada also recently expelled nine Russian military officers after suspending joint
military training as part of Ottawa’s sanctions over Russia’s annexation of the
Ukrainian region of Crimea.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has described Russia’s actions in Ukraine as
“aggressive, militaristic, and imperialistic.”

Source: Radio Free Europe

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