Saudi Arabia Punishes Canada for Criticizing Human Rights Defenders' Arrests

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"Canada made a big mistake... and a mistake should be corrected". Annual Saudi-Canadian trade hovers around $4bn.

Russian Federation sided with Saudi Arabia in the ongoing diplomatic rift with Canada on Wednesday, issuing a statement accusing the latter of attempting to "politicize human rights issues".

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry called the statement "a major, unacceptable affront to the kingdom's laws and judicial process".

Diplomatic channels and trade negotiations were suspended last week, and some flights from Saudi Arabia to Canada halted. "I don't think, understanding Saudi Arabia's foreign policy, that they're going to climb down from this, so we're at an impasse".

Amnesty International has often been vocal about being against Saudi Arabia's executions. Saudia Airlines has also announced it will suspend flights to and from Canada starting August 13. We are going to continue to enunciate what we believe are the appropriate ways of dealing with citizens, " Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Tuesday.

The UK also expressed "strong" support for human rights, and said it "regularly" raises concerns with the kingdom, but did not mention the specific case of the Badawis.

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And John Bolton, the president's national security adviser, is a well-known Iran hawk who has advocated for regime change. The agency reported all protests had taken place without official permission and were subsequently broken up by police.

Canada has said it's alarmed by the move out of Saudi Arabia, but has not walked back the comments that apparently prompted the row in the first place.

European traders said Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency, the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO), has told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin grains in its worldwide purchase tenders. Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, whose tweet sparked the hostility, said that "Canada will continue to advocate for human rights and for the fearless women and men who push for these fundamental rights around the world" after Saudi's response.

The European Commission said it's seeking clarification about the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia. He also spent a three-year stint as director of its Middle East Relations Division from 2012 to 2015.

"The key is to work with allies and friends in the region to cool things down, which can happen quickly", said the source, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, speaking at a news conference in Riyadh, said there was no need for mediation in the dispute.

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