updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

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We are gravely concerned about the Canadian authorities’ more frequent refusals to grant visas or issue invitations to official Russian representatives for attending various events in the country concerning international organisations and initiatives.

We consider Ottawa’s policy regarding these issues to be provocative and completely irresponsible. 

We would like to remind the Canadian government that fulfilling the role of the host country, during which time events under the auspices of international organisations are taking place, stipulates the conscientious and impartial performance of its relative duties in this capacity, including granting visas. This is a basic principle of international diplomacy. There is no place for whims or abuse here. Ottawa, seemingly, does not know this, or chooses not to remember it.

These decisions call into question the advisability of Canada hosting multilateral events until Ottawa returns to the standards of conduct adopted in civilised international relations.