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The Hague (AFP) - Moscow has released a blacklist of European Union politicians barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.
The letter, which was confirmed as authentic by the Dutch foreign ministry to AFP, said Moscow had asked for the list not to be made public.
Sweden's foreign ministry confirmed eight of its nationals were also on the list, but did not reveal any names. "It is very striking behaviour which unfortunately does not improve Russia's image and we have asked for a clarification for this conduct," Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem was quoted as saying by news agency TT.
Moscow on Sunday turned back German MP Karl-Georg Wellmann, who has strong links to Ukraine, from Moscow airport, despite his having been invited to take part in political discussions.
The Russian authorities put him back on a plane for Berlin and slapped an entry ban on him until 2019, German media reported.
Whatever the case, all this war rhetoric is very scary.
originally posted by: tsurfer2000h
Just a little on the so called journalist in the video...
He is a Russian media whore that other media outlets stay away from...because he has nothing to back his claim.
Thar last name rung a bell with something I was reading earlier . ...
and David Vickrey is no more a journalist than the man in the Moon
Along with the article in USA Today that describe people of DPR as “lawless,” and the article in Aljazeera that labels the Ukraine’s Civil War as “the Christian was on Russians,” Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery authored article for Haaretz
On February 3rd, these two published material titled, Ukraine led by ‘miserable Jews,’ says rebel leader [source]
“Head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic says the country’s traditional nationalists would ‘turn in their grave’ if they could see who was leading the country today.” Thus Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery marked people of Donetsk as anti-Semites.
Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery, have not stopped calling people in the Eastern Ukraine “lawless anti-Semites in war with Christens.” On May 4, 2015, a duo published an article in Foreign Policy, the division of the Washington Post Company, titled: “In Eastern Ukraine, Doctors Are ‘Terrorists’ and Antibiotics Are Herbs
The European Parliament retaliated on Tuesday against a Russian entry ban on European politicians and military leaders, saying Moscow's envoy to Brussels was no longer welcome at the assembly and Russian lawmakers would be vetted before being allowed in.
The statement by European Parliament President Martin Schulz came a week after the Russian foreign ministry compiled a blacklist of 89 politicians, military and intelligence officials including outspoken critics of Russia.
"Martin Schulz today informed the Russian ambassador to the EU that ... he considers that it is now justified to take appropriate measures in response," Schulz's office said.
Those measures include blocking free access to Vladimir Chizhov, the Russian ambassador to the European Union, meaning he would only be allowed into the parliament under special circumstances.
Members of the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, and the Federation Council, the upper house, will only be granted access on a case-by-case basis, Schulz's office said.
Schulz has also suspended a committee made up of Russian and EU lawmakers that meets several times a year to improve ties.
The steps underscore the worsening standoff between the West and Moscow over the Ukraine conflict.
Since Russia annexed Crimea in March last year, the EU has imposed economic sanctions, visa bans and asset freezes on scores of Russian and Ukrainian citizens and organisations.
Moscow denies Western accusations that it is supporting pro-Russian separatists battling government forces in Ukraine, where 6,200 people have died in the fighting.