Russia has 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, Russia's Foreign Ministry reports.
"The EU continues the policy of illegitimate unilateral sanctions against Russian citizens and organizations. Only in March 2021, six Russians were subjected to unlawful EU restrictions. This practice contradicts the UN Charter and the basic norms of international law," the ministry said in a statement.
Russia’s blacklist also includes Ivars Abolins, chairman of Latvia’s National Electronic Media Council; Maris Baltins, Director of the Latvian State Language Center; Jacques Maire, a member of the French delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; Asa Scott, Head of the CBRN Protection and Security Division at the Swedish Defense Research Agency; Ilmar Tomusk, Director General of the Language Inspectorate, Estonia; Vera Jourova, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency.
As we reported earlier, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Russia, which provides for the strengthening of sanctions against Moscow in form of an embargo on oil and gas exports, and disconnection from the SWIFT system in case of an invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine.