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    Canada has named a prominent critic of Russia, Chrystia Freeland, as its new foreign minister. Back in 2014, Freeland was included on Moscow's counter-sanctions persona non grata list and remains banned from Russia.

    Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Patrick Armstrong, former analyst for the Canadian Defense Department, who also served as a political counsellor in the Canadian Embassy in Moscow.

    Answering the question of how the appointment of a person who is clearly not a fan of Russia is going to affect Russian-Canadian ties, the expert said, that he doesn't see any drastic consequences of this decision.

    "We will have a different leadership in Canada with its anti-Russian, pro-Ukrainian foreign minister.[…] But I don't see it frankly as making much difference," he told Sputnik.

    According to Armstrong, Freeland has a "personal reflection of the nation's dream of independence" due to her Ukrainian background. However, it won't change much in the current situation as the Ukrainian issue slowly disappears from the headlines of mainstream media.

    "Ukraine has almost disappeared from the headlines. In much the same way, as the West failed regime change, things have disappeared. Nobody talks about Somalia, you hardly hear about Kosovo anymore," the expert said.

    "I think, probably, the Europeans will be very happy to leave it [the Ukrainian issue] behind. Certainly, the EU has not been promising Ukraine anything. All indications show that Europeans would love to drop the sanctions. So Chrystia Freeland, out there, talking about the nation's dream of independence and the Putin nightmare will be talking to herself," Armstrong stated.

    In a surprise move last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired his foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion, an experienced politician who had also served as Liberal Party leader and leader of the opposition under a previous Conservative government.

    In his place, Trudeau appointed the relatively inexperienced Chrystia Freeland, who had held the role of international trade minister.

    The 48-year old politician is a severe critic of Russian politics. For instance, in 1996 she said that "The Russians have no one to blame but themselves for the brutal dictatorship they built in their own country and imposed on their neighbors."

    Historian Michael J. Carley believes that the appointment of Chrystia Freeland is a "catastrophe" for Canada's relations with Russia.

    "This appointment is a catastrophe for Canadian-Russian relations. I cannot understand why the government would have selected her to be minister for external affairs with her stated position with respect to Russia, Crimea, and Ukraine. She's a Russophobe, a hater of Putin, of Russian politics," Carley told Sputnik.

    At the same, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday he was not worried about Freeland's icy relationship with Russia. Trudeau said that her fluent knowledge of the country's language may help, but didn't specify how exactly it would be useful in resolving any diplomatic issues.

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    • avatar
      jas
      gentile awakening, Neocons too.
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=6opEhahujaI
      Norman Podhoretz - Reflections of a Jewish Neoconservative
    • avatar
      peskyvera
      I do know that Canada has a rather large Ukrainian population and perhaps this fact has something to do with her being appointed FM.
    • avatar
      gavrilo
      Canada, aka Banderistan in North America.
      Russia hate fest never stops.
    • FlorianGeyer
      Just be very thankful that you are not married to such a vile woman.
    • avatar
      michaelin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, FWIW check
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrystia_Freeland
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      Ayelyah
      a "surprise" or stupid move?...obviously Trudeau does as he is told....and flogging a dead horse
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      marcanhaltin reply topeskyvera(Show commentHide comment)
      peskyvera, There is a large segment in Toronto and another one in London, Canada, none of whom I know of that would endorse this woman as being a representative of THEIR Ukraine.
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      marcanhaltin reply tormukarutabana(Show commentHide comment)
      rmukarutabana, She is from the eastern side of Ukraine, as the western side speaks Ukrainian.
    • gentile awakening
      Little does this woman know that the bolshiveks were all "Those who must not be named" elite of the USSR were very brutal when dealing with the slavians. In less than 80 years they managed to kill 66million people. That is the secret which western elites want so desperately to keep from the rest of us! Today the eternal victims are the perpetrators of victimization on the rest of us!
    • gentile awakeningin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Yes i know they control both the neo-liberals and the neo conservatives! The reason they wanted so desperately to control our money is to control everything! They pull the strings, our leaders and politicians dance shuffle and do everything to confuse or convince us of a new lie passed down from "those who must not be named"
    • support
      Someone should remind her that Russian interests own and operate Buhler Tractor of Canada which firm went broke but the Russians came to the rescue. The firm is now prospering owing to astute management.

      Or...Canada can go back to plowing their fields with teams of donkeys or oxen. That works great for the Amish and the Hutterites.

      One of Buhler's manufacturing plants is also here in Fargo keeping several hundred North Dakotans working. Thank you, Russia.
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      edover3
      Hopefully, Russians keep her on sanctions list where people like her belong.
    • Beverly Banting
      Not just a bad choice, but a very insulting one as regards Russia, even somewhat arrogant. Trudeau seems to have decided that neither he nor his ministers are going to talk to Russia. He has forgotten something his father once said to him, a piece of advice and also a remonstrance regarding Justin's attitude towards his father's rival: "We can be in total disagreement with someone without denigrating them as a consequence.'"
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      divinelaw
      It seems that the bisexual prime minister of Canada, like father and now son. Is totally unaware of what his new foreign minister represents. She comes from the buffoon side of Ukraine. That side represents the evil nature of people like Bandera. A people so mixed up by different races and culture. This new foreign minister loves to rub elbows with the corrupt oligarchs of Ukraine. Seems she thinks that Pinchuk will fill her pockets with stolen Ukrainian money. Hey Justin what a price to pay for trying to get those 1.2 million Ukrainian votes.
    • avatar
      michael
      'The enemies of reason have a certain blind look...' (J.Conrad) She certainly has that.
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      jasin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Yeah. It's that look of, "no facts required, already decided."
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      michaelin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, I thought that it was more..."I don't care about facts, it's MY OPINION which is IMPORTANT to the WORLD." Brings to mind certain people doesn't it? :)
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      peskyverain reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, Well, someone got to Trudeau. Washington? With the new incoming "regime" in the US, Nuland is out...Freeland to continue? Would Canada stoop this low? I certainly hope not!
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      Marques rougesin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Mmmh... sounds more like the usual "useful idiot", claiming to fight against Plutocracy, while serving Soros, Goldman Sachs and the likes... typical leftist tool.

      Still, Freeland, is that really an English name ? "Sounds" English, of course, but... and Wikipedia doesn't mention her grandfather's origin.
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      michaelin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, agreed and I'm sure further information will be forthcoming as she makes her presence felt at the 'big table'. :) Thanks.
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