EU colleagues won't let Rompuy visit Moscow - Russian Foreign Ministry

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy asked to pay an urgent visit to Russia but his EU colleagues did not let him do so, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy asked to pay an urgent visit to Russia but his EU colleagues did not let him do so, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

"European Council President Herman Van Rompuy requested an urgent visit to Russia on March 17 but the European Council President was not allowed to come to Moscow. His own colleagues did not let him do so. Contending why he should learn the truth once the decision has been made," the ministry said in a commentary posted on Wednesday.

The purpose of the canceled visit of Herman Van Rompuy to Russia "was to hear firsthand the Russian opinion about the crisis inside and surrounding Ukraine and ways out of the deteriorating situation ahead of the EU summit due in the end of this week," the commentary said.

"Moscow rapidly responded to the request and offered to receive the EU leader on March 19. The wish of H. Van Rompuy to know the truth about the Ukrainian events was commendable," it said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized that Brussels was unwilling to know the truth about the developments in Ukraine.

'"The Ukrainian crisis has its heroes - Right Sector militants and the illegitimate government, which incorporates a number of blatant fascists. There are 'culprits', too - Russia and people of Crimea who refused to accept the logic of the neo-Nazi putsch. Finally, there is a variety of sanctions that are imposed irrespectively of what Russia has done or not," the commentary runs.

"They have a new blacklist now, that of EU officials prohibited to visit Russia. Ironically, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy tops this list," the ministry said.

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