The EU on Friday mentioned it “deplored” a choice by Russia so as to add quite a few EU officers to a listing of individuals banned from getting into the nation.
Russia’s international ministry earlier on Friday mentioned the measure was a reciprocal penalty, at a time of heightened tensions between Brussels and Moscow over the Ukraine battle.
“The European Union deplores the decision by Russian authorities… to ban an unknown number of representatives of EU member states and institutions from entry into Russia,” an EU spokesperson mentioned in an announcement.
“This decision lacks any legal justification and transparency and will meet an appropriate response,” the assertion added.
The Russia international ministry mentioned the measure additionally focused “European private military companies operating in various regions of the world”, signaling that the bans had been additionally meant as a response to EU sanctions linked to the Wagner firm.
In December, European international ministers agreed to slap sanctions on targets linked to Wagner — a secretive firm accused of performing to destabilise Ukraine and elements of Africa.
The EU says the group works on behalf of the Kremlin in battle zones.
The tit-for-tat sanctions come because the West has warned Russia of an enormous coordinated response if it launches an assault on neighboring Ukraine.