La Presse. Russian sanctions against Freeland: there can be no question of quid Pro quo

«There can be no question of the abolition of canadian sanctions against Russia in exchange for the lifting of the ban on entry to Russia of foreign Minister of Christy Freeland, recently returned to his duties,» writes Melanie Brand in the canadian edition of La Presse.

«No lifting of sanctions against Russia is not provided», — said Wednesday in an email to the press-Secretary of the new head of the canadian diplomacy.

Minister, figures among 13 Canadians caught in March 2014 in the black list of the Kremlin as a retaliatory action against sanctions imposed by Canada after the annexation of Crimea by Russia, the article says.

The Minister responded to the annexation on Twitter, writing that it «horror,» and appeared in the «sanctions list, Vladimir Putin,» reports the author.

«In an article published a little earlier on Wednesday, Pro-government Russian news Agency Sputnik reported that Putin’s regime might preclude Ms. Freeland from this list in exchange for the lifting of these sanctions,» — said the author.

«The question of its exclusion from the sanctions list is a matter of reciprocity and «mirror effect,» admitted one source in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian state Agency RIA «news» associated with the Agency Sputnik», the article says.

The same source assured that the presence of the new canadian foreign Minister in the ill-fated list, however, will not prevent the Russian representatives «to communicate with her in international forums,» reports Mark.

The granddaughter of Ukrainian immigrants Chrystia Freeland was appointed Minister of foreign Affairs in the framework of reshuffles in the government, took place on Tuesday in Ottawa, the article says.

«When she began to ask questions about issues that might create it the status of persona non grata after the ceremony of taking the oath, she insisted on the importance to engage in dialogue with all countries, including Russia» — the Brand.

«Former representative of economic journalism, which for four years was head of the office of the Financial Times in Moscow, and even emphasized his deep knowledge of the country and his love for the language and culture of Russia», — writes the author.

«I have a feeling that because of my experience in Russia, I have every opportunity to participate in the work of our government,» said 48-year-old politician at the meeting of the canadian house of Commons.

But how is this ban to stay in Russia, will he fix her obstacles as Minister of foreign Affairs? «This is a question to Moscow,» cut Chrystia Freeland.

Translation InoPressa




La Presse. Russian sanctions against Freeland: there can be no question of quid Pro quo 12.01.2017

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