Moscow confirms that it has sent to the EU List of persons banned from entering Russia, But would Not want to explain it by name, said on the first day of the weekend-a high-ranking source in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Some Western media first published excerpts from the black list, for example the Finnish national broadcasting published a paper 89 names, headlined " Russian visa black List, handed over to the Russian foreign Minister at the EU delegation in the Russian capital on may 27 ". Press Secretary of the EU delegation in the capital of Russia Soren Liborius later confirmed the accuracy of the published Russian blacklist of EU citizens.
"Wouldn't want to explain appeared in the part of media personnel data, which restricts the entry into the Russian Federation. At the same time affirm that such lists and in truth were transferred to our European partners, " said a senior diplomat correspondents.
He clarified that the Russian Federation has long recommended that the representatives of the countries that entered against Russia punishment, before a trip to apply to the Russian consular establishments to complement, Not denied them entry into the Russian Federation.
"However, our partners have chosen Not to do so and asked to inform them through diplomatic channels. Therefore, they were sent to the aforementioned lists, " said the source.
"They were transferred to our European partners in a confidential form, and their publication remains on the conscience of the countries concerned. Understand one thing: these lists European colleagues needed to reduce the inconvenience to potential refusals or to arrange another political show?" He said.
Western countries since March 2014 several times already imposed penalties because Russia's position on Ukraine. The last case of the use of such practices were the limits imposed in March 2015, when expanded sanctions List of the USA. The list of Russian citizens and organizations who have fallen under the punishment - in the material of the Fins news