Following the publication of the blacklist of European politicians and officials, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on Tuesday informed the Russian Ambassador to the EU that insofar as the Russian authorities have failed to ensure transparency in their decisions, in line with international law and legal obligations, and allow the targeted individuals the right of defence and of appeal, he considers that it is now justified to take appropriate measures in response.
Consequently, pending the lifting of the blacklist, Parliament is:
- restricting free access to Parliament to the Ambassador and one other named diplomat;
- assessing requests for access by Members of the Duma and the Federation Council on a case-by-case basis;
- suspending Parliament's engagement with the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.