EU leaders have reacted with fury at Russia’s resolution to sanction European Parliament president David Sassoli and European Fee Vice President Vera Jourova.
Russia has additionally barred officers from Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia and Sweden from coming into the nation in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian residents by the EU.
Russia’s international ministry stated these banned included Jourova, Vice President for values and transparency on the Fee, European Parliament President Sassoli and Jacques Maire, a member of the French delegation on the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Meeting.
Russia additionally banned three officers from the Baltic States: Ivars Abolins, chairman of Latvia’s Nationwide Digital Media Council, Maris Baltins, director of the Latvian State Language Centre, and Ilmar Tomusk, head of Estonia’s Language Inspectorate in addition to Jorg Raupach, Berlin’s public prosecutor, and Asa Scott, of the Swedish Defence Analysis Company.
In a tweet, Sassoli stated “no sanctions or intimidation would cease the parliament or him defending human rights, freedom and democracy.”
“Threats is not going to silence us. As Tolstoy wrote, there is no such thing as a greatness the place there is no such thing as a fact.”
“Threats is not going to silence us. As Tolstoy wrote, there is no such thing as a greatness the place there is no such thing as a fact” European Parliament president David Sassoli
In an interview, Jourova additionally condemned Russia, saying, “We had a Dutch report on capturing down the airplane in Ukraine, a British report on the Salisbury assault. We now have weekly reviews from [the European External Action Service] exposing Russia’s disinformation, particularly now the propaganda across the Sputnik V vaccine.”
A joint assertion by Charles Michel, Ursula von de Leyen, presidents of the Council and Fee, and Sassoli, stated, “We condemn within the strongest attainable phrases the choice of the Russian authorities to ban eight European Union nationals from coming into Russian territory.”
“This motion is unacceptable, lacks any authorized justification and is solely groundless. It targets the European Union immediately, not solely the people involved.”
“This resolution is the most recent, hanging demonstration of how the Russian Federation has chosen confrontation with the EU as a substitute of agreeing to redress the adverse trajectory of our bilateral relations. The EU reserves the precise to take acceptable measures in response to the Russian authorities’ resolution.”
The 2 leaders of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group in Parliament, Raffaele Fitto and Prof Ryszard Legutko, stated, “The actions in opposition to Sassoli are a pointy reminder of the necessity for tangible measures to be taken in opposition to the Russian aggressor.”
“The ECR stands in full solidarity with our colleague within the Parliament.”
“This resolution is the most recent, hanging demonstration of how the Russian Federation has chosen confrontation with the EU as a substitute of agreeing to redress the adverse trajectory of our bilateral relations. The EU reserves the precise to take acceptable measures in response to the Russian authorities’ resolution” EU joint assertion
Fitto added, “I prolong my deepest sympathies to Sassoli. Mr Putin continues to sink to new lows. Threats and acts of conceitedness is not going to make us abandon our dedication to human rights.”
Socialist Group MEP and coordinator within the international affairs committee, Tonino Picula, added: “Our relationships with Russia are at a really low level.”
EU Excessive Consultant Josep Borrell famous, “The European Union condemns the choice. The EU stands in solidarity with all of those people. Russia’s actions is not going to deter the EU from persevering with to face up for human rights, democracy and worldwide legislation, nor from holding these chargeable for violations and abuses of human rights to account.”
“This resolution, which immediately targets the EU and its member states, is unacceptable, devoid of any authorized justification and baseless. It serves to underline that the Russian Federation has to this point chosen the trail of confrontation as a substitute of in search of to reverse the adverse trajectory of EU-Russia relations.”
The problem will subsequent be mentioned when the European Council meets on Could 25.