PES strongly rejects Russian sanctions on EU Parliament president and European officials


European Parliament President David Sassoli

European Parliament President David Sassoli

The Party of European Socialists strongly rejects the groundless sanctions on top EU and European officials taken by the Russian Federation today. These include measures against the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, as well as Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová and six other EU officials.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“The current sanctions are unjustified. We will not turn a blind eye to this escalation. We support President Sassoli and the rest of the EU officials sanctioned by Moscow today. This attempt of intimidation will not succeed. We are convinced that this escalation is not the correct path for EU-Russian relations.”

The list published today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation targeting eight European officials comes on top of seven envoys from European embassies in Moscow expelled by the Kremlin this week.

During his last official visit to Moscow earlier this year, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said that the EU’s foreign ministers believe Russia is interested in confrontation, rather than cooperation, with the EU.