Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly stated on Sunday that a Canadian official attending Russia Day celebrations at the country’s consulate in Canada was “inappropriate.”
The dinner was attended by Yasemin Heinbecker, a deputy protocol chief in Canada’s foreign affairs department, as well as representatives from Egypt, Pakistan, and various African countries, according to a story in the Globe and Mail newspaper.
“No Canadian representative should have attended the event hosted at the Russian embassy and no Canadian representative will attend this kind of event again,” Joly said in a Twitter post.
This is unacceptable. No Canadian representative should have attended the event hosted at the Russian embassy & no Canadian representative will attend this kind of event again.
🇨🇦 continues to stand with 🇺🇦 as it fights against Russia’s egregious invasion. https://t.co/azkvbhupiv pic.twitter.com/iZ2zRn1gJj
— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) June 12, 2022
Joly also reiterated Canada’s support for Ukraine against Russia’s invasion, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”.
Since the conflict began on Feb. 24, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,000 individuals and bodies with ties to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.