Russian ambassador says navy spy scandal won't hurt bilateral relations

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TORONTO - Russia's ambassador to Canada says recent revelations that a Canadian naval officer acted as a spy for Moscow won't hurt relations between the two countries, adding Canada's secrets are not a high priority for his country's security.

During a lunchtime speech at the Speakers Forum in Toronto, Georgiy Mamedov said that he does not think international relations have been damaged.

He called the recent spy scandal "marginal" in the scope of security threats, and blamed the incident on the lingering effects of the Cold War.

Mamedov told the crowd that both countries should focus their efforts on their economic co-operation.

On Wednesday, navy Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle pleaded guilty to passing military secrets to Russia.

Delisle, who worked at Trinity, a military intelligence facility on the East Coast, had access to classified information shared by the Five Eyes group — which includes Canada, Great Britain, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

Organizations: Speakers Forum

Geographic location: Canada, TORONTO, Russia Moscow East Coast Great Britain United States New Zealand Australia

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