MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. Moscow is expanding the blacklist of European Union officials in retaliation for EU restrictions against Russians, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on Friday.
"Lately, the European Union made a number of decisions to apply unilateral restrictive measures against some Russian citizens. These decisions were taken on the basis of groundless and sometimes absurd charges against our compatriots," the Foreign Ministry said.
The ministry recalled that Russia had repeatedly warned the European Union against using the instrument of unilateral sanctions running counter to international law.
"In connection with the EU’s decisions we openly said that Russia reserves the right to proportionate retaliation. The Russian side has made a decision to expand the retaliatory list of EU countries’ and institutions’ officials prohibited from entering Russia. The number of names on the Russian list has been increased to a level of parity with the EU’s one," the Foreign Ministry said.
A note to this effect has been dispatched to the EU’s office in Russia in accordance with the established procedures.