Russia won't cave to West: Ambassador

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

OTTAWA — Russia's ambassador to Canada says his country won't be cowed by western sanctions or by threats of explusion from the G8.

"You can't isolate Russia," a defiant Georgiy Mamedov said.

The ambassador was optimistic cooler heads would prevail over events in Ukraine, including the official annexation of Crimea on Tuesday to the Russian Federation, which the West has called illegal and says was coerced at gunpoint.

"I don't think western countries are ... crazy enough to shoot themselves in the leg and to undercut mutually beneficial energy and other relationships with Russia," he said during a news conference.


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