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Archive for July 4, 2022

Newsline: Russia’s top diplomat pledges to respond after diplomatic expulsions from Bulgaria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow would respond in kind to Bulgaria’s expulsion of 70 Russian diplomats. (https://news.yahoo.com/russia-says-respond-kind-bulgaria-112423079.html) Russia’s ambassador to Bulgaria, an EU and NATO member state and once a close ally of Russia, said last week she would ask Moscow to close its embassy in Sofia over the expulsions.

Newsline: U.S. Embassy in Russia Hides Address as Trolling War with Moscow Escalates

The U.S. embassy in Moscow is using coordinates instead of an address on its website after Russian authorities renamed the square outside the building after one of the two separatist regions of Ukraine that Russia recognizes as sovereign. The embassy’s website now lists its location as 55,75566° N, 37,58028° E. However, the “Embassy and Consulates” section of the website still lists the embassy’s previous address: Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8. The embassy has been contacted for comment. (https://www.newsweek.com/us-embassy-russia-hides-address-trolling-war-moscow-escalates-1721284) Moscow’s residents voted in June to rename the square outside the city’s U.S. embassy “Donetsk People’s Republic Square,” according to The Moscow Times.

Newsline: Canadian embassy says trial of Chinese-Canadian tycoon begins in China

Canadian-Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua is standing trial on Monday, Ottawa’s embassy in Beijing said in a statement, after the businessman disappeared from a Hong Kong hotel in 2017. Global Affairs Canada is aware that a trial in the case of Canadian citizen, Mr. Xiao Jianhua, will take place on July 4, 2022,” the embassy told AFP, without specifying the location of the trial or charges against him. “Canadian consular officials are monitoring this case closely, providing consular services to his family and continue to press for consular access.” (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/trial-of-chinese-canadian-tycoon-who-disappeared-in-2017-begins-in-china/ar-AAZaGAe) Xiao, who is a Canadian citizen, disappeared from Hong Kong’s Four Seasons hotel in January 2017, with local media reporting that he was snatched by mainland Chinese agents.