Presidents of three EU institutions react to Russian restrictive measures

The presidents of the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament issued a joint statement Friday evening on the imposition of restrictive measures against eight EU nationals by Russia. 

On 30 April, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a list of eight EU citizens who were banned from entering the country “in response to the restrictive measures introduced by the EU on 2 March and 22 March against six Russian citizens”.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s decision of the Russian authorities to ban eight European Union nationals from entering the Russian territory, the statement read.

“This includes the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Vice President of the European Commission Věra Jourová, as well as six EU Member States’ officials. This action is unacceptable, lacks any legal justification and is entirely groundless. It targets the European Union directly, not only the individuals concerned.”

The EU reserves the right to take appropriate measures in response to the Russian authorities’ decision, the three presidents underlined.

 

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