June 30, 2015 / 1:40 PM / in 2 years

Russia criticizes new Canadian sanctions, warns of response

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia expressed disappointment on Tuesday over new sanctions imposed by Canada over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis and warned that it would respond.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech as he attends a memorial service before the funeral of former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov in Moscow, Russia, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

“The new sanctions will only add negativity to Russian-Canadian relations which are already not going through their best times because of Ottawa,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement. “Of course, this attack will not go unanswered.”

Canada announced economic sanctions on Monday against Russian energy firms including natural gas producer Gazprom.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs,; Editing by Timothy Heritage

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