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Russia releases blacklist of EU politicians: Amsterdam
« on: May 30, 2015, 01:17:48 AM »
Russia releases blacklist of EU politicians: Amsterdam

Sat May 30, 2015 6:13AM
source: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/05/30/413474/Russia-EU-Rutte-Reynders-Demesmaeker-Wellmann-Sanctions


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during his weekly press conference on in The Hague on April 24, 2015. (© AFP)

Moscow has issued a blacklist of politicians from the European Union, barring them from travelling to the Russian Federation in reaction to the EU sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine, the Netherlands says.

“Russia yesterday handed over a list of people to diverse EU embassies who may not enter Russia any longer,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said during a weekly press conference on Friday.

The Kremlin prepared the list to retaliate against the bans imposed by the 28-nation bloc on Moscow over Crimea’s decision to join Russia in a 2014 referendum as well as the Kremlin’s involvement in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, Rutte added.

The Dutch premier further said that two Dutch lawmakers and a Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) were among those blacklisted.


A Ukrainian serviceman walks towards a position on the frontline of fighting with pro-Russia forces near the eastern
Ukrainian region of Donetsk on May 29, 2015. (© AFP)


Amsterdam rejected the fresh round of retaliatory measures by Russia, claiming that the list “was not based on international law, was not transparent and could not be challenged” in a court of law, Rutte added.

The Russian blacklist consists of 89 names, according to a letter from Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, which was tweeted by Belgian MEP Mark Demesmaeker.

Meanwhile, AFP quoted an unnamed spokeswoman for the EU diplomatic service in Brussels as saying that Russia had recently imposed travel bans on some European figures, but had so far refused to provide a list of those targeted.

“We take note that the Russian authorities have decided to share the list. We don’t have any other information on legal basis, criteria and process,” the spokeswoman said.

Earlier this week, German MP Karl-Georg Wellmann, the head of the German-Ukrainian parliament group, was also denied access to Russia.


German MP Karl-Georg Wellmann, the head of the German-Ukrainian parliament group

In a separate development on Friday, Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian food safety regulator said in a statement that “imports of fish products from Latvia and Estonia to Russia will be halted shortly,” citing violations of veterinarian services by the Baltic states.

Over the past months, Moscow has been targeted by a series of sanctions by Brussels and Washington, who accuse the Kremlin of supporting the pro-Russia forces operating in eastern Ukraine.

The Kremlin, however, has denounced the accusations as groundless and enforced restrictions on some food imports from the US, the EU, Norway, Canada and Australia in a tit-for-tat move.

R ~ '...claiming that the list “was not based on international law, was not transparent and could not be challenged” in a court of law...' welcome to Amerika which has been doing the same thing for years. That list is unconstitutional, not transparent and can't be challenged. At least the Russians leaked the list instead of waiting for the blacklisted to get to Moscow before being turned back around. It should also be noted that this list is in retaliation for the ongoing effort by the EU to bolster an illegitimate regime in Ukraine in so many ways - money, troops, supplies and the continuation of a war which has killed civilians without so much as peep of remorse coming from all the human loving socialist politicians going along with the coup, or rather the USG, which does what Israel commands. Suck it up Rutte.
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