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EU condemns Russia's decision to ban eight nationals from entering its territory

Source : 112 Ukraine

The EU reserves the right to take appropriate measures in response to the Russian authorities' decision
14:11, 1 May 2021

vesti.ru

The heads of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel and David Sassoli reacted to the decision of the Russian authorities to impose an entry ban on a number of European officials. The joint statement is published on the website of the European Commission.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms today's decision of the Russian authorities to ban eight European Union nationals from entering the Russian territory. This includes the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Vice President of the European Commission Věra Jourová, as well as six EU Member States' officials. This action is unacceptable, lacks any legal justification and is entirely groundless," the statement reads.

In their opinion, this step targets the European Union directly, not only the individuals concerned.

The EU reserves the right to take appropriate measures in response to the Russian authorities' decision.

In addition, Sassoli on his Twitter page stressed that Russian sanctions will not stop him from defending human rights.

Earlier, Russia imposed an entry ban on President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Berlin chief prosecutor Jorg Raupach and six more officials from EU states. The measure was taken in response to the European Council’s sanctions against six Russian nationals of March 2 and 22, 2021.

Related: Council of Europe reports 201 violations of journalists’ rights in Ukraine in 2020

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