ADVERTISEMENT

‘Unacceptable’ for Canadian official to attend Russia Day celebration: Joly – National

ADVERTISEMENT

It was “unacceptable” for a Canadian official to attend the Russia Day celebrations at the Canadian embassy, ​​Secretary of State Melanie Joly said Sunday.

A deputy chief of protocol for Canada’s Global Affairs Department, Yasemin Heinbecker, attended Friday’s event, along with representatives from Egypt, Pakistan and some African countries, the Globe and Mail newspaper said in a report.

“No Canadian representative should have attended the event at the Russian embassy and no Canadian representative will attend this type of event again,” Joly said in a Twitter post.

Joly also reiterated Canada’s support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion, which Moscow calls a “special military operation.”

Since the conflict began on February 24, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,000 individuals and entities associated with Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

(Reporting by Nishit Jogi in Bengaluru; editing by Clarence Fernandez)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT