copyMoscow has imposed sanctions on Canada in response to sanctions that Ottawa earlier introduced against some Russian officials in connection with the situation in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said. “This step comes in response to unacceptable actions by the Canadian side which seriously hurt bilateral relations,” the Ministry’s spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said. The sanctions were slapped on 13 high-ranking Canadian officials, lawmakers and public activists. Russia, however, remains open for constructive and honest cooperation with Canada, which was notable for its pragmatism and a large area of mutual interests, particularly regarding Arctic region issues, Lukashevich said. MORE