According to the RIA Novosti news agency referring to the sources in the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Kremlin will respond to new EU sanctions against Russia by making a "black list" of European politicians who are not allowed to entry the Russian Federation, Joinfo.ua reports.
According to the sources, this move was made "to avoid surprises at the border." Before the trip to Russia one can learn whether their names are included in the list at the embassy or consulate."
For instance, Karl-Georg Wellmann, Member of the Bundestag and Deputy Chairman of the German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Friendship Group, was denied entry to Russia, and he learned about it only after coming to the Sheremetyevo airport.
"By order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in winter, the Russian embassies in the countries that have imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation, made their lists of citizens, who conduct anti-Russian policy aimed at deterioration of relations between Russia and the EU, or are suspected of being involved in corruption or other illegal activities. Inclusion of each name is justified," said the source RIA Novosti.
This "black list" is not meant for publication, but according to the source, every foreigner, who wants to come to Russia, can find out whether their names are included in the list, and whether they are not prohibited from entering Russia at the Russian embassy or consulate. The diplomat did not specify the number of foreign nationals included in the "black list", saying that virtually every European country has such officials.
"The European Union has been informed of such a list. Some Europeans had already been denied entry to Russia," said the source.