The European Union (EU) has summoned Russia’s envoy to the bloc to condemn Moscow’s decision not to allow eight European officials to enter the country. The Kremlin says the travel ban on Brussels officials is a response to EU sanctions on Russian citizens.
“The Russian ambassador has been summoned, he will be received by the Secretary General of the European Commission and the EU External Action Service. We strongly condemn what happened at the meeting and express our resistance. There is no legal explanation for such an action. “Russia’s decisions, counter-sanctions, are politically motivated and have no legal basis,” EU spokesman Peter Stano told a briefing.
The European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on two Russian nationals accused of persecuting gay and lesbian people in Chechnya in March. In March, the European Union also imposed sanctions on four high-ranking Russian officials close to Vladimir Putin.
The Russian Foreign Ministry accuses the EU of provoking anti-Russian “hysteria”.
Lavrov’s office banned some EU officials from traveling to Russia last week. Among them are Vera Yurova, Vice-President of the European Commission’s Office for Values and Transparency, David Sassol, President of the European Parliament, and Jacques Marie, Member of the French Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.