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Russia's Plan to Open Consulate in Vancouver Blocked by Trudeau Government, Russian Envoy Says


Russia's plans to open a consulate in Vancouver are being blocked by the Canadian government, Russian Ambassador in Ottawa Oleg Stepanov told Sputnik.

Stepanov had told Sputnik last February that Russia had submitted an official request to increase its consular presence in Canada, but had not received a clear response.

"Trudeau's team has blocked it all. Despite declarations of commitment to the policy of multiculturalism, it blocks the access of Russians to consular services," Stepanov said.

Russia has a consular section at the embassy in Ottawa, as well as consulates in Montreal and Toronto.

Stepanov added that Canada is a very dangerous country for Russian citizens at present and while he would not recommend the country for the purposes of tourism, studying or business he believes such opportunities would eventually return in the future.

"I want to emphasize that Canada is a very dangerous country for Russian citizens today. I would not recommend it either for tourism, education or for business," Stepanov said. "All of these opportunities will return but not soon."