In response to Russia’s blacklist of 89 European politicians, officials, and public figures who are barred from entering Russia, the head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has announced that until further notice only the Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, and one other unnamed diplomat would have guaranteed access to the Parliament. Other Russian diplomats will be barred and access for Russian legislators will be granted only on a case-by-case basis. The European Parliament has also suspended its involvement in the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee that comprises legislators from both sides.

A press release published by Mr Schulz’ office states that “insofar as Russian authorities have failed to ensure transparency in their decisions, in line with international law and legal obligations, and allow the targeted individuals the right of defence and of appeal, he considers that it is now justified to take appropriate measures in response”, adding that the new restrictions will apply until Russia lifts its blacklist (see previous blog here).

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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