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Newsline: Russia summons Canadian envoy

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it had protested to Canada’s top envoy in Moscow over comments by Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly about “regime change” in Russia. The ministry said it summoned Canadian charge d’affaires Brian Ebel on Monday and told him Joly’s comments were unacceptable. (https://neuters.de/world/russia-summons-canadian-diplomat-protest-regime-change-statement-2023-03-21/) Canadian media quoted Joly as saying at a news conference on March 10: “We’re able to see how much we’re isolating the Russian regime right now — because we need to do so economically, politically and diplomatically — and what are the impacts also on society and how much we’re seeing potential regime change in Russia.” The Russian statement condemned the “Russophobic attack” and said it would have serious consequences for relations. Russia reserved the right to take “appropriate countermeasures” depending on Ottawa’s further steps.

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