Russia confidentially conveyed to their foreign partners own list of persons banned from entering Russia because it had asked the Europeans, said Deputy Director of the Department of information and press of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova.
The Western media published on the last working day of the week black list of Residents of EU countries, who are denied entry to the Russian Federation. This document includes the names of 89 people, and among them, about 20 current and 10 former members of the European Parliament, current and former Directors of intelligence services of Britain and the Baltic States, a number of British, German, Polish and Estonian military of Directors, and the Deputy head of the Romanian state company " Transgaz ".
"We believed that the publication of this list will lead to subsequent deterioration with the EU countries. We didn't want to start the discussion, who in these lists, so why in the lists. We used to say, because it is a response, not our choice. We've wanted to do it to the max, without prejudice to bilateral relations. European colleagues have been asked many times the kindness to give This list confidential, it was stipulated many times and they proved it, in order to notify a very thin layer. What layer? Only a few people out of every country for their convenience, not to spend the time to call the Consulate. As soon as We (the list) is passed, those who were most requested, immediately leaked it to the media, " Zakharova said on the air Thursday.
She said that the " most great cynicism is that once they leaked it to the media, began to officially demand an explanation, How did This list and why We entered it ".
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. Before the US and EU has imposed punishment on a number of Russian Residents, they are prohibited from entering the EU because of their positions on Crimea and Ukraine. Over the past year the sanctions list, many times replenished with new individuals and legal entities. Summer 2014 was added and sectoral economic penalties.