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EU criticizes 'unjustified' Russian travel blacklist

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 01:11

Russia imposes an entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders, according to a list seen by Reuters, a move that has angered European officials. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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These are just some of the 89 European politicians and military leaders now banned from traveling to Russia, according to a list seen by Reuters. The list -- handed to a European Union delegation this week -- includes outspoken critics of Russia. Among those blacklisted -- Britain's former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and former Belgian premier Guy Verhofstadt During a trip to Ukraine, Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized the Russian travel ban and called for Moscow to be more transparent. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, SAYING: "At the very least, those concerned should have been informed about the reservations against them or at least those lists should be made public. At a time when we are trying to defuse a persistent and dangerous conflict in the middle of Europe, this does not contribute towards that." Many top European leaders are angered by Russia's entry ban, and echo Steinmeier's sentiment. The Russian Foreign Ministry was not immediately available for comment but the move has worsened the standoff with the West over Moscow's role in Ukraine.

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EU criticizes 'unjustified' Russian travel blacklist

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 01:11