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Russia: Lavrov says the principle of reciprocity led to EU 'blacklist'01:53

Russia: Lavrov says the principle of reciprocity led to EU 'blacklist'

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 1, 2015 at 20:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov highlighted EU 'hypocrisy' over their criticism of Russia's recently released 'blacklist', banning 89 EU officials from entering the federation, during a joint presser with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, in Moscow, Monday.

Lavrov criticised the "absurdity" of EU anger over the blacklist, stating that while Russia did not want to release the document, there was "a principle of reciprocity" in releasing the list. The Russian diplomat also highlighted the fact that the Russian blacklist is much shorter than the EU's on Russian officials, stating that Moscow had tried to avoid taking the EU's turning the issue into a media frenzy by not publishing the document.

Commenting on its release, the Italian Foreign Minister told press that the blacklist did not help to thaw relations between Russia and the EU, but he said he had not discussed the issue in detail with Lavrov during the bilateral talks.

Gentiloni also highlighted the plight of Russian/Italian trade, which he reported had dropped by 16 percent since the EU started sanctions against Russia, adding that while the two countries had disputes over the Ukrainian crisis, that did not mean that relationships should be frozen.

Russia: Lavrov says the principle of reciprocity led to EU 'blacklist'01:53
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov highlighted EU 'hypocrisy' over their criticism of Russia's recently released 'blacklist', banning 89 EU officials from entering the federation, during a joint presser with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, in Moscow, Monday.

Lavrov criticised the "absurdity" of EU anger over the blacklist, stating that while Russia did not want to release the document, there was "a principle of reciprocity" in releasing the list. The Russian diplomat also highlighted the fact that the Russian blacklist is much shorter than the EU's on Russian officials, stating that Moscow had tried to avoid taking the EU's turning the issue into a media frenzy by not publishing the document.

Commenting on its release, the Italian Foreign Minister told press that the blacklist did not help to thaw relations between Russia and the EU, but he said he had not discussed the issue in detail with Lavrov during the bilateral talks.

Gentiloni also highlighted the plight of Russian/Italian trade, which he reported had dropped by 16 percent since the EU started sanctions against Russia, adding that while the two countries had disputes over the Ukrainian crisis, that did not mean that relationships should be frozen.