TORONTO (Sputnik) – The Russian Embassy in Canada denounced as “clear interference” in Russia’s inner affairs the refusal by Ottawa to acknowledge the nation’s sovereignty over Crimea.
Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau issued a press release earlier on Friday condemning Russia for what he described was an invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Garneau additionally stated that Canada will proceed to preserve strain on Russia till it “respects Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law.”
In March 2014, Crimea rejoined Russia after 97 % of residents voted to achieve this in a referendum. The majority of Western international locations and Ukraine refuse to acknowledge the outcomes of the referendum and have imposed sanctions in opposition to Russia.
Moscow has repeatedly stated Crimea’s residents determined to rejoin Russia by means of democratic means, including that the referendum was carried out in compliance with worldwide regulation and the need – and rights – of Crimea’s residents have to be revered.