During his year-end press conference for 2015, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Canadian government in relations with Russia follows the interests of the Ukrainian Diaspora, but not its own, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to LB.ua.
“Canada is an influential, respected member of the international relations. We have had ups and downs in our relations periodically. We saw such drops in the period of the government of Stephen Harper. The last two years were generally a period of lost opportunities with respect to Canada, when suddenly the previous Government sharply took Russophobic line and curtailed bilateral ties, imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities, suspended cooperation intergovernmental commission on trade and economic issues, “- he said.
“We were surprised by the complete absence of any pragmatism in those impulsive actions that the previous government made. It took a course on absolutely blind adherence to the requirement of rabid representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada, as we understood,” – said Lavrov.
The Russian minister said that “the Ukrainian world in Canada” – is as much an objective reality, as the “Russian world in Ukraine.”
It should be recalled that the Canadian Federal Cabinet of Justin Trudeau includes two representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora – Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade and MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour.
Ukrainian diaspora in Canada is the second largest in the world after the diaspora in Russia.