A criminal case has been opened after a molotov cocktail was thrown at Moscow’s diplomatic mission in Canada
Russia has opened a criminal investigation into the attack on its embassy in Canada last week. The attack has been described by Moscow’s special envoy, Oleg Stepanov, as a targeted terrorist attack.
On September 12, an unidentified assailant threw a molotov cocktail at the building. However, the liquid in the bottle did not catch fire on impact and did not cause any damage to the embassy or harm its staff.
“We are talking about an attempt to commit an act of terrorism,” Stepanov said, warning that such attacks could happen again and lead to much more dire consequences unless something is done to prevent such violence.
Aleksander Bastrikin – the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee – announced via Telegram on Tuesday that he had ordered a criminal investigation into the incident. He wrote that the purpose of the investigation was to look into the details of the September 12 attacks and work with Canadian police to identify the attackers by providing them with footage from their security cameras. Embassy.
On Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry also summoned Canada’s ambassador to Moscow Alison LeClaire to hand her a note protesting the incident. The department noted that Ottawa police not only failed to prevent the attack or find those responsible, but also turned a blind eye to the attack. “Aggressive protesters” who blocked the entrance to the embassy despite the police presence at the scene.
“The attention of the head of the Canadian diplomatic mission was drawn to the fact that, as in other similar cases of hostile actions against the diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation in Canada, law enforcement agencies did not prevent these incidents and did not arrest the perpetrators,” The ministry wrote, asking Canada to provide appropriate protection for foreign missions of Russia under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
The attack has been confirmed by Canadian police, who say they are monitoring any incidents and are ready to respond should the situation arise.
In a statement on Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it was also investigating the incident and defending the actions on the grounds that it said: “Continuously adapting its protective posture to the current threatened environment to ensure that the Russian Embassy has the appropriate level of protection.”
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