Russian Foreign Ministry statement on Russia’s response measures to more EU sanctions

The European Union continues a policy of imposing unlawful unilateral restrictions on Russian citizens and companies. Six Russians were subjected to them in March 2021 alone.

This practice runs counter to the UN Charter and fundamental standards of international law. It is accompanied by anti-Russia hysterics fuelled by the Western media. There are no grounds for this attitude. However, all our proposals to resolve any problems in Russia-EU relations through a direct professional dialogue are ignored or rejected.

These EU actions leave no doubt that their real goal is to restrain the development of Russia at all cost and to impose a unilateral concept of a “rules-based world order,” something that undermines international law. The independence of Russia’s foreign and domestic policies is being openly challenged. This is being done deliberately and with encouragement from the United States that is not concealing its interest in turning Europe into an arena of serious geopolitical confrontation yet again.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation is authorised to announce that in response to the EU Council’s March 2 and 22, 2021 restrictions on six Russian citizens, Russia bans the following citizens from EU countries and EU officials from entering Russian territory under Federal Law No. 114-FZ “On the Entry to and Exit from the Russian Federation” of August 15, 1996:

  1. Ivars ABOLINS, Chairman of the Republic of Latvia National Electronic Mass Media Council;
  2. Maris BALTINS, Director of the State Language Centre of the Republic of Latvia;
  3. Jacques MAIRE, member of the French delegation at the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly;
  4. Jorg RAUPACH, Head of Berlin’s Prosecutor’s Office, Federal Republic of Germany;
  5. David Maria SASSOLI, President of the European Parliament;
  6. Asa SCOTT, Head of the laboratory of Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear Security at the Total Defence Research Institute of the Kingdom of Sweden;
  7. Ilmar TOMUSK, Head of the Language Department of the Republic of Estonia;
  8. Vera JOUROVA, Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency.