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Diplomats of Canada and Russia discuss Ukraine behind closed doors
09:28, 17 November 2016
Diplomats of Canada and Russia discuss Ukraine behind closed doors

The opposition suspected that Ottawa could intend to relax the sanctions

09:28, 17 November 2016

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High ranking officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada and Russia held a meeting behind the closed doors for the first time in a long time, where they discussed various issues, Ukraine among them. This was reported by the Ukrinform agency referring to Reuters.

"While Canada adheres to a hard line against Russia publicly, a higher Canadian diplomat unofficially visited Moscow earlier this month and discussed issues related to Ukraine and Syria, that made the opposition worry that Ottawa might want to relax the sanctions," the material stated.

According to the daily, the Head of the Political Department of Canadian Foreign Ministry the Governor Mark Gvozdetskiy and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met in Moscow on 1 November.

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"The visit was the first one for the year that has passed since the election victory of the Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau. His predecessor as the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper imposed on Russia serious restrictive measures because of its support of militants in Ukraine," the material author agency quoted.

Earlier it was reported that Canadian government started to implement the Ukraine-Canada free trade agreement. The respective bill was submitted at the federal parliament. Christine Freeland, Canada’s minister of international trade, said this on Friday during her speech at the parliament.

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