Monday, May 3, 2021

european summons Russian envoy to sentence trip bans on its officers

(provides Russian observation after meeting)

BRUSSELS, may also three (Reuters) - the eu Union summoned Russia's ambassador to the bloc on Monday to sentence Moscow's resolution to bar eight officials from coming into the nation, which the Kremlin talked about was in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian citizens through the eu.

The protest is the newest in rising diplomatic tensions seeing that the birth of 2021, when Moscow expelled European diplomats all the way through an professional talk over with through the european's excessive representative.

The european has in flip angered Moscow by disturbing that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny should be released from prison, while blacklisting greater Russian officials for human rights abuses.

Russia's ambassador to the european, Vladimir Chizhov, become summoned "to condemn the determination of the Russian authorities from ultimate Friday to ban eight European Union nationals from getting into the territory of the Russian Federation", the ecu fee mentioned in a press release.

"Ambassador Chizhov changed into counseled of the mighty rejection and company condemnation by way of the european institutions and ecu member states of this resolution, which changed into simply politically motivated and lacks any prison justification," the ecu govt delivered.

in the assembly with Chizhov, the ecu representatives additionally recalled Russia's expulsion of Czech diplomats and Russia's executive order to attract up a list of so-known as "unfriendly states", in keeping with the commentary.

The ecu representatives expressed "their grave difficulty for the cumulative impact of all these choices on the relations between the eu" and Russia, and referred to that the eu reserves the appropriate to take applicable measures in response.

Russia talked about on Friday these banned protected Vera Jourova, vice chairman for values and transparency on the govt European fee, and David Sassoli, the president of the eu parliament.

"The value of diplomatic efforts to rectify the existing unhealthy situation in the talk between Moscow and Brussels changed into stressed out," Chizhov mentioned in a press release after the meeting, including the Russian aspect had reaffirmed its readiness for this endeavour.

The eu will agree with its subsequent steps at a gathering of overseas ministers next week but may additionally also look to the Council of Europe, a non-eu physique of which Russia is a member, for ways to respond to what Brussels says are persevered Russian rights abuses.

Moscow has known as on the eu now not to intervene in its inner affairs and denies any wrongdoing.

The ecu imposed sanctions in March on two Russians accused of persecuting homosexual and lesbian individuals in the southern Russian location of Chechnya. The ecu additionally imposed sanctions on 4 senior Russian officers close to President Vladimir Putin in March. (Reporting via Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold, enhancing by Nick Macfie)

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