Moscow imposes counter-sanctions on Canada, mocking the idea that Ottawa could ever ‘pressure’ Russia
The Russian Foreign Ministry has followed through on threats against Canada, banning dozens of Canadian citizens from entering Russia. “The list includes those Russophobic Canadian citizens who have systematically worked to destroy bilateral relations,” ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Friday.
“The question is: what did Ottawa hope to gain here? Did they really think they could ‘pressure’ Russia? Or were they just indulging their political ambitions?” Zakharova said in a press statement.
“If our Canadian partners like playing sanctions games, then we’ll be forced to respond. Although we of course prefer the path of constructive cooperation on issues important to the peoples of both our countries,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.