The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed solidarity to eight citizens of the European Union, who were banned by the Russian Federation from entering its territory. This was reported on the official page of the Ukrainian MFA on Twitter.
The ministry criticized Russia's decision to impose sanctions against European officials and called it "hybrid aggression."
"Ukraine expresses its solidarity with eight citizens of the European Union, whom the Russian Federation unreasonably banned from entering the territory of Russia. This decision is further proof that Russia continues to carry out hybrid aggression against the democratic world," the message says.
As reported, on April 30, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the introduction of a ban on entry into the country for the head of the European Parliament, as well as 7 other European officials. They explained that the decision was made in response to the March sanctions of Brussels against Moscow.
Russia’s blacklist 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.