Brussels, 30/05/2015
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STATEMENT

Statement by the Spokesperson on the Russian "stop list"

In the past few months several EU politicians have been denied entry when arriving at the Russian border. The Russian authorities justified these refusals by referring to the inclusion of these individuals on a confidential "stop list".


After each of these refusals, the EU and the Member States whose nationals were affected had repeatedly requested transparency about the content of this list.


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.


We are keeping in close contact with the Member States involved.