On the evening of April 30, local time, the leaders of the three major EU institutions of the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament issued a joint statement, calling Russia’s decision to sanction eight EU institutions and officials of member states “unacceptable” and lacking a fundamental legal basis. The statement also said that the move is not only aimed at the individuals involved, but also directly targeted at the entire European Union.
The statement noted that the decision clearly shows that Russia has chosen the wrong course of confrontation with the EU, rather than committed to correcting bilateral relations between europe and Russia. The EU also said it reserved the right to take appropriate measures against the Russian government’s decision.
Earlier reports: Russia announced sanctions against eight EU and member state officials
On April 30, local time, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on its official website announcing sanctions against eight EU and EU officials, including European Parliament President David Sassoli.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that in March 2021 alone, six Russian citizens were subject to EU sanctions, russia believes that the EU’s actions violate the UN Charter and international law, Russia made the decision in response to EU sanctions.