Fans mostly pair the two together because they are both snowy lands, both of them are mostly neglected by the other countries (Canada being invisible and Russia being considered terrifying) and they both love the sport of hockey. Some also ship them together, as they find that the two can both lightly dislike America, with Canada being passive-agressive about it and Russia clearly portraying his dislike.
Many fan works center on Russia being interested in Canada as a satellite state during the Cold War or that Russia sympathizes with Canada being overlooked in international affairs and wished him to be a possible lover, often calling Canada "Matvey" (the Russian variant of Matthew). The works often mention America being overprotective of Canada falling under communism or concern of Russia hurting Canada over arctic sovereignty.
In real life, both countries compete with each other fiercely in ice hockey (which is also depicted in fan works). In 1972, the Summit Series, the Canadian men hockey team went against the Soviet Union team in a best out of eight game. In the last game, Canada won in overtime.
In the Anime/Manga, Russia unknowingly sits on Canada, as he could not see Canada. Fans have taken this to being a regular habit for him, and, have used this instance for situations in which Canada may 'get back' at Russia and see how he likes being sat on.
Russia and Canada also have a bilateral relationship with each other, beginning when the Soviet Union had established diplomatic relations with Canada on June 12, 1942. Canada is officially represented in Russia by an Embassy in Moscow as well as an Honorary Consulate in Vladivostok. The Russian Federation maintains an Embassy in Ottawa, two consulate generals (in Toronto and Montreal), and an Honorary Consulate in Vancouver. Currently, the two nations have not been getting along well, due to Canada's Prime Minister's very insistent stand against the actions of Russia's President's actions in the response to the Ukranian incident.
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