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RCMP confirm investigation into alleged attack on Russian Embassy in Ottawa

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RCMP are investigating a suspected Molotov cocktail attack on the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, national police said Monday, after the Russian Foreign Ministry asked Canada to step up its protection of the building.

Earlier Monday, Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov said Russian state news agency Sputnik that a lit bottle containing a “chemical composition” was dumped on embassy grounds early in the morning of September 12, but did not ignite. There was no damage and no one at the embassy was injured, he said.

On Monday afternoon, the RCMP confirmed to CBC News that they had opened an investigation and that officers had visited the embassy for more information. Earlier today, Ottawa police said they were unaware of the incident.

The embassy told CBC News it considers the incident an “attempted act of terrorism” and has been in contact with Global Affairs Canada. The embassy provided CBC News with two videos of the alleged incident.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it also summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the attack.

WATCH | A video shows a Molotov cocktail being thrown over a fence, according to the Embassy:

Video allegedly shows Molotov cocktail thrown at Russian Embassy

The Russian Embassy in Ottawa released surveillance video on Monday of what it says is an unknown person launching what appears to be an incendiary projectile on embassy grounds.

In a Russian-language statement on Monday afternoon, the department alleged that Ottawa police turned a blind eye to “aggressive protesters” blocking public access to the embassy’s consular section, saying police witnessed an incident but did not intervene.

The ministry also said authorities were not doing enough to prevent or detain those who commit “hostile actions” against its diplomatic staff in what 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 said it is “constantly adapting its protective posture to the current threat environment to ensure an adequate level of protection is in place at the Russian Embassy.”

Adrien Blanchard, press secretary to Melanie Joly, Canada’s foreign minister, said “violence and vandalism are not acceptable” and that they will continue to closely monitor any news about the incidents.

Meanwhile, a CBC reporter visited the embassy on Monday and saw no obvious signs of vandalism or damage.

In a show of solidarity and support for Ukraine and its people, the City of Ottawa in March installed signage reading “Free-Libre Ukraine” along Charlotte Street in the Sandy Hill neighborhood, right in front of the embassy.

Street signs reading “Free-Libre Ukraine” are seen Monday on Charlotte Street in Ottawa, near the Embassy. (Rachelle Elsiufi/CBC)