Russia bars eight EU high officials from entry

Photo: EPA Vera Jourova

The Russian foreign ministry on Friday barred eight officials from the EU from entering the country in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian citizens, news wires reported. Among those banned are Vera Jourova, Commission VP for values and transparency, and David Sassoli,  European Parliament President.

The EU imposed sanctions in March on two Russians accused of persecuting gay and lesbian people in the southern Russian region of Chechnya. The EU also imposed sanctions on four senior Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin in March.

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