Zakharova said that Russia had made the list of 89 banned European politicians according to "mutuality". She said that the Russian Federation "was forced to take such measures in connection with the actions of the U.S. and EU," reports Joinfo.ua referring to the Russian media.
"We discussed the principle of making the list. We also talked about the fact that this is a necessary step and we do not like it. We hope that when the United States and the EU cancels their lists, we will cancel ours," said Zakharova.
In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry wonders why there is a scandal around the Russian blacklist. "Eighteen months ago, not only through diplomatic channels but also publicly we began to say that we have to take "mirror" measures in connection with the actions of the U.S. and the EU. In the media, you can find the quotes of senior diplomats – representatives of the minister, Russia's permanent representatives to the International organizations – where they clearly said, and why we were doing it. When we were asked to hand these lists for the convenience of European officials and we did, a scandal arose. Why? It is anyone's guess," said Zakharova.
It should be recalled that the European Union expanded its "black list" by several rounds. Names of people and institutions under the sanctions were published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Although, Russia did not publish its "black lists". The list was a secret and European politicians learned about it only after coming at the airport in Moscow.
May 30, Moscow confirmed the existence of the list of persons, who are denied entry to Russia. The list includes 89 names. Several EU states, notably Germany, addressed to the Russian Embassy for an explanation about the composition of the black list.
Some European politicians said they were proud of being included in the "blacklist" of the Kremlin.