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EU criticises Russia's blacklist, where 20 of 89 persons included are from Baltics

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A fragment of the leaked blacklist in German

The European Union has described as «unjustified» Russia’s entry ban list containing 89 names of military leaders, officials and politicians of the bloc’s member states. 20 of the 89 persons are from the Baltic states.

Russian foreign ministry had shared the list with the EU asking not to release it publicly, AFP and LETA report. A German version of what appears to be the list is, however, available online here.

The list contains five Latvians, seven Lithuanians and eight Estonians.

From Latvia: leader of the ruling Unity party and head of Saeima national security commission Solvita Āboltiņa, as well as four MEP’s: Artis Pabriks, Roberts Zīle, Inese Vaidere and Sandra Kalniete.

From Lithuania: MEP Petras Auštrevičius, head of Seimas’ national security committee, head of presidential group of foreign policy advisors Jovita Neliupsiene, veteran politician and Kremlin critic Vytautas Landsbergis, former PM Andrius Kubilius, former head of State Security Department Gediminas Grina and head of Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania Edmundas Vaitekunas.

From Estonia: Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Riho Terras, Deputy Commander of Estonian Defence Forces Artur Tiganik, Commander of the Estonian Defence League Meelis Kiili, head of the Estonian Internal Security Service Arnold Sinisalu, Estonian representative at the NATO Industrial Advisory Group Andres Parve, MEPs Kristiina Ojuland and Tunne Kelam, as well as conservative MP Urmas Reinsalu.

«The list with 89 names has now been shared by the Russian authorities. We don’t have any other information on legal basis, criteria and process of this decision. We consider this measure as totally arbitrary and unjustified, especially in the absence of any further clarification and transparency,» an EU spokesman announced as quoted by the BBC.

A Russian foreign ministry official would not confirm the names of those barred, but hated that the ban was a result of EU sanctions against Russia.

«Why it was precisely these people who entered into the list… is simple – it was done in answer to the sanctions campaign which has been waged in relation to Russia by several states of the European Union,» an unnamed official stated to the Russian news agency Tass.


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