Russian diplomat stabbed in Ottawa likely result of drunken argument 0
Police at the scene where a Russian diplomat was stabbed at a Stewart St. apartment building in Ottawa on Friday morning, March 14, 2014. (QMI Agency)
OTTAWA — The stabbing of a 44-year-old Russian diplomat is not believed to have been politically motivated and was more likely the result of a drunken argument that turned violent.
A military man was arrested after the melee broke out shortly after 8 a.m. at a downtown apartment building located about two blocks north of the Russian embassy.
Sources say the diplomat was drinking with another man in an apartment when a knife was pulled.
The diplomat was slashed in the arm and back, and he left a bloody trail to lobby, where emergency crews found him.
He was unco-operative and belligerent with police and paramedics, initially telling responders his slash wounds were dog bites.
His injuries were not life-threatening, but he was taken to hospital for treatment.
Foreign Affairs spokesman John Babcock described the incident as disturbing but said there is nothing so far to suggest the violence was prompted by anything political.
"We are disturbed by these reports and the department has been in touch with the Russian embassy," Babcock said.
Yellow police tape could be seen inside the lobby of the highrise, which is in the heart of Ottawa's embassy district.
It is not embassy property but is home to people who work at various embassies, police said.
Forensic investigators were poring over two crime scenes.
The Russian embassy declined to comment but sent a Russian language interpreter to the scene.
When asked about the diplomatic status of the victim, Insp. Murray Knowles said police do not comment on where victims work.
"Right now, our investigation is centred around the scenes in (the building), and the victim of the crime and the suspect."
Several officers could be seen inside the lobby, guarding the scene as well as taking photographs.
As of Friday aftrenoon, police had not laid any charges in connection with the stabbing.