Russia on Friday banned eight officials from EU countries entering the country in retaliation for sanctions on Russian citizens by the European Union.
Russia’s foreign ministry said things that were banned included Vera Jourova, vice president for values and transparency of the European Commission, David Sassoli, the European Parliament’s president and Jacques Maire, a member of the French delegation at a meeting of the European Parliament.
“The EU continues its policy on unilateral stricter measures against illegal Russian citizens and organizations,” the ministry said in a statement.
By accusing the European Union “Openly and deliberately” undermines the independence of Russia’s domestic and foreign policy.
Sassoli, Commission Chairwoman Ursula von der Leyen, and Charles Michel, Head of the European Council, said in a joint statement they condemned the action. Russia’s “unacceptable” in “the strongest possible conditions” showed that Moscow had chosen a path to face the group.
“The EU reserves the right to take appropriate measures in response to the decisions of the Russian authorities,” they said.
Sassoli said in a tweet that there were no sanctions or threats to stop Congress or that he was defending human rights, freedom and democracy.
“Threats are not going to silence us, as Tolstoy wrote, there is no greatness where there is no truth,” his tweet read.
Russia has banned three officials from the Baltic states: Ivars Abolins, chairman of the Latvian National Electronic Media Council, Maris Baltins, director of the Latvian State Language Center, and Ilmar Tomusk, head of Estonian language monitoring unit.
It also banned Berlin prosecutor Jorg Raupach and Asa Scott of the Swedish Defense Research Agency.
Scott was one of the officials who said Kremlin critic Alexei Nawalny was poisoned in Russia with Soviet-era spies.
Navalny recovered from poisoning in Germany and was detained when returning to Russia in January and sentenced in February to 2-1 / 2 years for breach of parole due to a previous embezzlement conviction, which he said had. Political incentives
The EU imposes sanctions in March against two Russians accused of molesting gay and lesbian people in the southern Chechnya area of Russia. The EU also imposes sanctions on four top Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin in March.
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