European parliament hits back at Russia blacklist

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BRUSSELS: European parliament head Martin Schulz on Tuesday said the Russian ambassador to the EU was barred access to the institution in retribution for a travel ban imposed by Moscow on 89 European citizens — many of them Kremlin critics. The previously undisclosed ban by Russia was revealed to European diplomats on Thursday, and includes past and serving parliamentarians who have openly criticized President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine. “Following the publication of the blacklist of European politicians and officials, the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, today informed the Russian ambassador to the EU that … he considers that it is now justified to take appropriate measures in response,” the German politician’s office said in a statement.

AFP

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