Russia Expels Canadian Diplomat

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird answers questions during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic on April 22, 2014. /Reuters Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird answers questions during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic on April 22, 2014. /Reuters

Russia has announced the expulsion of a first secretary at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, in response to Canada's expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Ottawa.

Russian media reported Tuesday that Margarita Atanasov of the Canadian diplomatic mission in the Russian capital has been given 14 days to leave the country.

The reports said her expulsion is in retaliation for the deportation of a Russian military attache from the Russian Embassy in the Canadian national capital.

Canada's foreign minister, John Baird, told reporters Tuesday that Canada has a "moral responsibility" to stand with NATO and its allies in support of Ukraine in the face of Russian intimidation. He said Canada wants Ukraine to have "peace, prosperity, security, and freedom."

VOA News / Apr. 23, 2014 08:11 KST