Russian bans entry to 13 Canadians

AP News
Posted: Mar 24, 2014 11:24 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has slapped an entry ban on 13 Canadian lawmakers and officials in retaliation for Canadian sanctions against Moscow over its action in Ukraine.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in Monday's statement that the move is a response to the "unacceptable action by the Canadian side that has inflicted serious damage to bilateral relations."

The government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has acted in unison with the U.S. administration to introduce sanctions targeting members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's entourage following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Russian list includes Harper's aides Christine Hogan and Wayne Wouters; the House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer; Peter Van Loan, the government leader in the house; Senator Raynell Andreychuk; and other lawmakers.

It said that Russia remains open to a "constructive" cooperation with Canada, but added that "we don't need such cooperation more than Ottawa does."