Lavrov: Russia imposes sanctions on Europeans actively supporting coup in Ukraine

The Europeans 'blacklisted' by Russia supported the power grab in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on June 1.

The Europeans 'blacklisted' by Russia supported the power grab in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on June 1.

"The countersanctions imposed [by Russia] targeted persons who actively supported the coup in Ukraine," Lavrov said.

He noted that discrimination of Russians in Ukraine started after that.

"We will not be the first to widen this spiral, everything will depend on our partners, their understanding of the situation and their ability not to hide the truth and not to pretend they do not comprehend what is going on," he said.

Sergei Lavrov has accused the European Union of breaching the ethical norms in regard of the numerous comments on the blacklist of EU citizens who are barred from entering Russia that has been published.

"We provided the list at the request of the EU on the basis of confidentiality and it immediately leaked to the press, and the EU, which normally doesn't comment on leaks, gladly commented on it. So I also see some breaches of the ethical norms here," Lavrov told.

"In regard to the statements that the European Union imposed sanctions on the basis of some right and Russia did that absolutely illegitimately, I would like to say that we responded with mutuality to a unilateral, unfriendly and unprovoked step. And we did that after we contained ourselves for a very long time," Lavrov said.

Gentiloni, for his part, said that "the reaction to the creation of such lists in regard of the EU and Russia, respectively, will not help develop dialogue and release the tension, that is, all the things that we need so much."

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