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Classics The European Union condemns Russian penalties towards European nationals

00:40  01 may  2021
00:40  01 may  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Russian penalties for European leaders and nationals were found to be unacceptable by the European Union, on Friday, April 30, 2021. Europe has announced "appropriate measures" in response to these sanctions.

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the European Union estimated this Friday, April 30, "unacceptable" and unjustified the decision of the authorities Russians to sanction eight nationals Europeans , including the President of the Parliament and a Commissioner, and announced "measures" Suitable " in response to these sanctions.

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"The EU reserves the right to take appropriate measures in response to the decision of the Russian authorities" , warned in a joint statement the presidents of the three EU institutions.

The European sanctions are a competence of the EU Member States and unanimity is required for their adoption.

Prohibition to enter Russia

Russia has prohibited the entry on its territory at eight European leaders, including the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Commissioner Vera Jourova, the prosecutor of Berlin Jörg Raupach and the French member Jacques Mayor, the Special Rapporteur on the poisoning of the opponent Alexei Navalny at the Parliamentary Assembly at the Council of Europe (PACE).

Moscow thus intends to answer "the illegitimate unilateral restriction measures policy aimed at citizens and Russian organizations" . The EU has taken several trains of individual penalties against Russian officials involved in the procedures against Mr. Navalny or those responsible for human rights violations with the repression of demonstrations.

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Sanctions "unfounded"

"This action is unacceptable, has no legal justification and is totally unfounded" , denounced the President of Parliament, the Chairman Charles Michel and the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

"It directly aims at the European Union and not just the people concerned" , they estimated.

"This decision is the last striking demonstration of how the Russian Federation has chosen the confrontation with the EU instead of agreeing to redress the negative trajectory of our bilateral relations" , they deplored. "Threats will not shut up" , assured David Sassoli.

"The constant efforts of Russia to sowing misinformation and harm the human rights deserve a strong and continuous reaction. If this is the price to pay to tell the truth, so I will pay it willingly ", has affirmed Commissioner Vera Jourova.

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