Moscow expands entry ban for EU representatives over 'unacceptable' Navalny sanctions
- 22 December 2020
Russia will respond to the EU sanctions over the Navalny case and will expand the entry ban list of EU representatives, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a press release, APA reports citing Sputnik.
"Among them are those who are responsible for promoting anti-Russian sanctions initiatives within the framework of the European Union", the release read.
The ministry slammed the EU-imposed restrictions as unacceptable and emphasised that those responsible for instigating the move had failed to back their claims with any evidence, despite numerous requests from the Russian side.
"Acting in a hasty and secretive manner, the EU Council took a confrontational political decision that runs counter to the UN Security Council's international legal prerogatives, as well as the Helsinki principles of non-intervention in the internal affairs, cooperation among States and good-faith fulfilment of obligations under international law. Specific names were selected at random to fit this EU Council decision", the ministry stated.
The ministry officially notified the heads of diplomatic missions of Germany, France and Sweden to Russia, as well as the delegation of the European Union in Moscow, about Russia's reciprocal action.
The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier summoned several EU diplomats over the Navalny case and the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the EU in relation to the incident.
French Ambassador to Russia Pierre Lévy arrived at the Russian Foreign Ministry as well as a representative of the Swedish Embassy and Germany's permanent deputy ambassador.