RCMP confirms investigation into alleged attack on Russian embassy in Ottawa | TBEN News


The RCMP is investigating an alleged Molotov cocktail attack on the Russian embassy in Ottawa, the national police said Monday, after the Russian Foreign Ministry asked Canada to step up protection of the building.

Earlier Monday, Russia’s ambassador to Canada, Oleg Stepanov, told Russia’s state news agency Sputnik that a lit bottle containing a “chemical composition” had been thrown onto the embassy grounds early in the morning of Sept. 12, but it did not happen. to light. There was no damage and no one at the embassy was injured, he said.

On Monday afternoon, the RCMP confirmed to TBEN News that it had opened an investigation and that agents had been to the embassy to obtain more information. Earlier in the day, Ottawa police said they were not aware of the incident.

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The embassy told TBEN News it considered the incident an “act of terrorism” and said it had been in contact with Global Affairs Canada. The embassy provided TBEN News with two videos of the alleged incident.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had also summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the attack.

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Video reportedly shows a Molotov cocktail being thrown at the Russian embassy

The Russian embassy in Ottawa released surveillance video on Monday of what it says is an unknown person throwing what resembles a flaming projectile onto the embassy grounds.

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In a Russian-language statement Monday afternoon, the ministry claimed police in Ottawa turned a blind eye to “aggressive protesters” who blocked public access to the embassy’s consular section, saying police had witnessed an incident but did not intervene. came.

The ministry also said authorities were not doing enough to prevent or detain those who committed “hostile actions” against its diplomatic staff in what it called a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Stepanov also said the embassy should have a permanent police presence, Sputnik reported.

In a statement, the RCMP said it is “constantly adapting its protective stance to the current threat environment to ensure an adequate level of protection at the Russian embassy.”

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Adrien Blanchard, press secretary to Mélanie Joly, Canada’s foreign minister, said that “violence and vandalism are not acceptable” and that they will continue to closely monitor any news of the incidents.

Meanwhile, a TBEN reporter visited the embassy on Monday and saw no obvious signs of vandalism or damage.

In a show of solidarity and support for Ukraine and its people, in March, the city of Ottawa put up street signs that read “Free-Libre Ukraine” along Charlotte Street in the Sandy Hill neighborhood – right in front of the embassy.

On Charlotte Street in Ottawa, near the embassy, ​​street signs read “Free-Libre Ukraine” on Monday. (Rachelle Elsiufi/TBEN)