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Ukraine crisis: Russia bans entry to 13 Canadians in tit-for-tat move

Published on Mar 24, 2014 11:56 PM
 

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia said Monday it had banned entry to the country for 13 Canadian lawmakers and public figures, after Canada imposed sanctions against seven Russian and three Crimean senior officials over the crisis in Ukraine.

The Canadians now refused entry to Russia include Prime Minister Stephen Harper's foreign policy advisor Christine Hogan, parliament speaker Andrew Sheer and journalist turned politician Chrystia Freeland, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"This step has been taken as a reaction to the unacceptable actions of the Canadian side which have brought serious damage to bilateral relations," it said in a statement.

It accused Canada of ignoring the referendum results where Crimea voted to become part of Russia and instead supporting the "current illegitimate regime in Kiev" which took power following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych.

 
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