Russia expels 2 Canadian diplomats

Russia is expelling two Canadian diplomats working for NATO in Moscow, the Russian state news agency Interfax said Tuesday.

Russia is expelling two Canadian diplomats working for NATO in Moscow, the Russian state news agency Interfax said Tuesday.

Isabelle Francois, the director of NATO's Information Bureau in Moscow, along with a colleague will be stripped of their diplomatic accreditations immediately, according to Interfax.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay said neither NATO nor the Canadian government has been informed of the reasons for the expulsion.

"We've just learned of this," MacKay told reporters in Ottawa Tuesday.

"We're trying to ascertain the reasons. As I understand, the Russians have not specified why it took place. It's a concern when you have Canadians that are working for our country abroad, working at NATO, working to advance our interests, and they appear at this point to have been summarily asked to leave, and we'd like to know why."

MacKay said he was discussing the matter with Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.

The move by Moscow could be a response to NATO's expulsion of two Brussels-based Russian diplomats last week.