Russian counter-sanctions against EU

Russia said on September 23 that it is expanding a list of barred European officials in response to what it called “hostile steps” against it and its citizens.

The announcement, by the Russian Foreign Ministry, did not specify what actions it was reciprocating.

But it said the number of EU officials who will be denied entry to Russia is now the same as the number of its officials on a similar EU list.

Russia and the European Union have gaping differences over alleged Russian meddling in Western elections, Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and #RussiaInvadedUkraine, suspected Russian assassinations and attempted assassinations in Western Europe, and more recently the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny.

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