The RCMP is investigating a Molotov cocktail attack on the Russian embassy in Ottawa, after Russia’s foreign ministry demanded Canada beef up security at the building, the national police force said Monday.
Earlier Monday, Russia’s ambassador to Canada, Oleg Stepanov, told Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik that a lit bottle containing a “chemical composition” was thrown on the embassy grounds in the early hours of September 12, but that it did not happen. ignite He said there was no damage and no one inside the embassy was injured.
On Monday afternoon, the RCMP confirmed to CBC News that they had launched an investigation and that officers had gone to the embassy to get more information. Earlier in the day, Ottawa police said they were unaware of the incident.
The embassy told CBC News it is treating the incident as an “attempted act of terrorism” and is in contact with Global Affairs Canada. The embassy provided CBC News with two videos of the alleged incident.
Russia’s foreign ministry said it had also summoned Canada’s ambassador to protest the attack.
In a Russian-language statement Monday afternoon, the ministry accused police in Ottawa of turning a blind eye to “aggressive demonstrators” blocking public access to the embassy’s consular section, saying police witnessed an incident but did not intervene.
The ministry said authorities were not doing enough to prevent or detain those who commit “hostile acts” against its diplomatic staff, which 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 “continually adapts its security posture to the current threat environment to ensure an adequate level of protection at the Russian Embassy.”
Adrienne Blanchard, press secretary for Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie, said “violence and destruction are unacceptable” and that they would closely follow any news about the incidents.
Meanwhile, a CBC reporter visited the embassy on Monday and found no obvious signs of destruction or damage.
In a show of solidarity and support for Ukraine and its people, in March the City of Ottawa erected street signs on Charlotte Street in the Sandy Hill neighborhood – in front of the embassy – that read “Free-Libre Ukraine”.