Russia expels Canadian diplomat

Russia has expelled a first secretary at the Canadian embassy in Moscow in retaliation for the earlier expulsion of a Russian military attache from Ottawa.

OTTAWA — Russia has expelled a first secretary at the Canadian embassy in Moscow in retaliation for the earlier expulsion of a Russian military attache from Ottawa.

A Canadian government source, not authorized to speak on the record, says the first secretary of the immigration section of the Canadian embassy in Moscow has been ordered out of Russia.

The move comes after Canada quietly expelled an assistant Russian defence attache earlier this month.

The Harper government also called in the Russian ambassador to Canada for a diplomatic dressing down last week.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called Russia’s actions in Ukraine a threat to world peace.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is visiting several eastern European countries this week to stress Canada’s support.

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