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MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Sanctions against Russian officials imposed by the US and the European Union were the “‘black lists’ of extra-legal repressions and legal disgrace”, Russian senator Alexei Alexandrov said on Wednesday.
More than 20 years ago, Russia was attracted to the world community “not just by market economy, but rather by principles of democratic statehood”, he said. “And all of a sudden we are seeing such anti-legal, incomprehensible and immoral things”, he added. “I would not have done that in place of our partners,” the parliamentarian said.
Earlier, the United States and the European Union published a “black list” of Russian and Ukrainian officials subject to visa bans and asset freeze.
The black list composed by the USA includes presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, presidential advisor Sergei Glazyev, head of the parliament committee for CIS affairs Leonid Slutsky, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, chairman of the parliament committee for family, women and children Yelena Mizulina, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov, State Council speaker Vladimir Konstantinov, leader of the Ukrainian Choice public movement Viktor Medvedchuk and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The persons blacklisted by the EU are banned from entering the EU territory for six months. The EU will also freeze their bank accounts if such are found in EU banks.
The European Council believes that these officials are personally responsible for the actions undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity.