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Russia responds to EU sanctions: entry ban for Sassoli and seven other Europeans

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MOSCOW – Russia has banned eight citizens of EU member states and representatives of the official structures of the European Union from entering the country, in response to punitive measures taken by Brussels against Moscow. This was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry which also included in the blacklist the president of the European Parliament David Sassoli and Vera Jourova, vice president of the European Commission for Values ​​and transparency.

The list also includes: the head of the Latvian media regulator, Ivars Abolins; the director of the State Language Center of Latvia, Maris Baltins; Jacques Maire, member of the French delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; the head of the Berlin prosecutor’s office Jorg Raupach; the head of the Swedish Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Laboratory of the Defense Research Institute, Osa Scott and Ilmar Tomusk, Director General of the National Language Inspectorate.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry accuses the EU of violating “the foundations of international law” and “deliberately fueling anti-Russian hysteria in the Western media”. According to Moscow, all his proposals to resolve the “problematic issues” in bilateral relations would be “systematically ignored or rejected” by the EU. Therefore, the “real” objective of the EU would be to “curb the development” of Russia “at any cost” and to impose the “lopsided” concept of a “value-based world order” that “undermines international law” , as well as to “openly challenge the autonomy of Russian internal and foreign policy”, in an “open and deliberate” way. All this with “the encouragement of the US”, which “do not hide the interest in transforming Europe, once again, into an arena of bitter geopolitical confrontation”. These are the reasons that led Moscow to consider, in light of the targeted EU sanctions of 2 and 22 March 2021, unwelcome people a series of European personalities, starting with David Sassoli.

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As soon as he heard the news of the sanctions decided by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio heard the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli “to express full solidarity with him”. Solidarity also came from the European Commissioner for the Economy: “Russian sanctions are as unjustified as they are useless”.

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First reactions also from the Italian political world. “The Russian sanctions against the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, is an unprecedented act of hostility. The Democratic Party reacts harshly in defense of European democracy. And we continue to ask even more forcefully for Navalnyj’s release”, he writes on twitter the secretary of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta.

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In the evening came the harsh reaction of the European institutions with a joint statement by the President of the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the decision taken today by the Russian authorities to ban eight EU citizens from entering Russian territory – it says – this move is unacceptable, devoid of any legal justification and totally without foundation. directed directly against the European Union, not only against the individuals involved This decision is the latest clear demonstration of how the Russian Federation has chosen confrontation with the EU instead of agreeing on how to redirect the negative trajectory of our bilateral relations. The EU reserves the right to take appropriate measures in response to the decision of the Russian authorities “.

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