Russia bans entry to 13 Canadian lawmakers and officials over Ukraine

Russia has slapped an entry ban on 13 Canadian lawmakers and officials, including Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer and government House leader Peter Van Loan, in retaliation for Canadian sanctions over Ukraine.

Russia's Foreign Ministry says the move is in response to Canadian travel bans and economic sanctions imposed earlier on a number of Russian officials.

In addition to Scheer and Van Loan, the Russians have also banned Tory MPs Ted Opitz, James Bezan and Dean Allison, Liberal MPs Irwin Cotler and Chrystia Freeland and NDP MP Paul Dewar.

Also named are Wayne Wouters, the clerk of the privy council; Jean-Francois Tremblay, deputy secretary to the cabinet; and Christine Hogan, assistant secretary to the cabinet.

Sen. Raynell Andreychuk, an independent Liberal senator, is also on the list, along with Paul Grod, national president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

The Russians say the Canadian sanctions are unacceptable and have inflicted serious damage on relations between the two countries.

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  1. George73 posted on 03/24/2014 01:23 PM
    I guess these entry bans would only have relevance if the banned individuals had any intention of visiting Russia in the first place. Guess none of them had any assets in Russia that could be seized.
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