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Berlin urges Moscow’s explanation on ‘blacklisting’ German nationals

May 30, 2015, 12:59 UTC+3
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BERLIN, May 30. /TASS/. Berlin is demanding an explanation from Moscow on putting eight German citizens on a blacklist of 89 politicians, diplomats and military officials from the EU countries barred from entering Russia, the country’s Foreign Ministry has said.

The official Berlin is "in contact with Moscow" and "insists on transparency" in solving this issue, the German ministry said. The persons included on the list have the right to be aware of the grounds for the entry ban, it said.

According to the Bild and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspapers, the Russian side has sent the blacklist to a range of diplomatic missions of the European countries in Russia.

The German nationals on the blacklist are MP Karl-Georg Wellmann, Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of CDU/CSU faction in German Bundestag, Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms, co-chairs of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, Uwe Corsepius, the Secretary-General of the Council of the EU, defence state secretary Katrin Suder, commander of the German Air Force Lieutenant General Karl Mullner and politician (CSU) Bernd Posselt.

Four Danish nationals are also on the list, the Danish news agency, Ritzaus Bureau, has reported. They are two former foreign ministers Per Stig Moller and Lene Espersen, Danish Defence’s Intelligence Service chief Thomas Ahrenkiel and the leader of the Danes' Party, Daniel Carlsen.

The Danish news agency said it has obtained a document received by the embassies of several EU countries in Moscow and that has been published by Finland’s mass media.

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