Russia on Friday banned European Parliament President David Sassoli, European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová and six other European officials from entering the country in retaliation for EU sanctions on Russians.
European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said that Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov would meet in Brussels with senior EU officials who “will convey to him our strong condemnation and rejection of this decision.”
Stano said the Russian-imposed travel bans are “obviously very politically motivated and lack any legal justification. They are groundless.”
"This all shows that Russia is determined to continue the hostile track of confrontation," he said.
Earlier, Sweden summoned Russia's ambassador to Stockholm, denouncing Moscow for sanctioning European Union officials including a Swedish researcher.
Swedish foreign ministry spokesman Mats Samuelsson said that the Russian ambassador was being summoned “to express our protests regarding the Russian measures”.
“Unlike the EU sanctions… Russia’s sanctions are arbitrary, legally unclear and are the expression of political motives,” the ministry said.