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MOSCOW, July 29. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Wednesday he would personally hold negotiations with the administration of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) over Russia’s suspension from international tournaments.
"Tomorrow I am flying to Moscow and will study all the documents," Mutko said in an interview with TASS. "I promise that I will be personally talking to FIBA in order to resolve the situation. Russia should not be treated like this."
Sergey Chernov, one of Russia’s FIBA executives, told TASS on Wednesday that RBF received a letter from the international federation and it states that the Russian basketball federation was not listed among the FIBA members.
"We will be now thinking how to resolve this situation," Chernov said. "Let the Sports Ministry and the Russian Olympic Committee [ROC] think about it. [Russia’s] participation in the European Championships and  Olympics are under question."
Chernov added that FIBA’s final decision would be announced at a session of the federation’s Central Board, scheduled to convene on August 8-9 in Tokyo, Japan.
According to various reports, FIBA’s sanctions came as a result of Russian courts interference in the decisions of the RBF while governments are not allowed to interfere into the activities of the public sports organizations.
Vitaly Mutko told TASS that the government was not interfering into affairs of the Russian Basketball Federation.
"I see no government’s interference in this case," Mutko said in an interview with TASS.
The Russian men’s national basketball team was already in preparations for the European Basketball Championship on September 5-20, which is also the qualifying tournament of the European teams for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) should have abstained from imposing sanctions against Russia by suspending the national teams from international tournaments, Andrey Kirilenko, a former basketballer and a candidate for the Russian Basketball Federation’s (RBF) presidency, told TASS on Wednesday.
"This is not news for me, but once again nobody wants to assume responsibility for this," Kirilenko said in an interview with TASS. "We are losing more and more of our positions and the sooner the issue with elections is settled the sooner the work will start."
"The most important for FIBA is the legitimacy and transparency in all legal aspects," he said. "We do not have it at the moment and we received a relevant reaction."
"However, it should be not the reason for introducing in an ultimate manner such sanctions with only a month remaining before the European Championship, but we understand FIBA as well," Kirilenko added.