Canada needs to reach out to Russia and China as the competition for global influence intensifies, said Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.
“There is a struggle for influence as Russia and China turn towards Africa, Asia and Latin America. We need to show ourselves, get in touch and interact,” said Joly in an interview with CBC.
According to her, the government of Canada should be guided by a pragmatic approach.
She noted that participation in discussions with representatives of Russia makes it possible to resist the Russian position.
On October 17, the Canadian authorities expanded the sanctions list against Russia by adding 34 more individuals and one legal entity to it.
In the list, in particular, turned out to be Russian journalists Dmitry Guberniev, Maria Sittel and Kirill Kleymenov.
In addition, actors Vladimir Mashkov and Sergei Bezrukov were included in the sanctions list.
Earlier, on September 30, Canada added 43 Russians to the list of sanctions against Russia in connection with the referendum.