Russia has imposed sanctions against 144 citizens of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
The list, as noted in the ministry, includes the “most hostile” towards Russia ministers, parliament deputies, public figures and journalists of the Baltic countries.
This step, as emphasized in the Russian Foreign Ministry, was adopted as a “response to the active lobbying” by the Baltic countries of “sanctions and other measures against Russia, interference in our internal affairs, inciting Russophobic sentiments.”
The 144 citizens of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, included in the sanctions list, are also, according to the ministry, “involved in the barbaric campaign launched by the authorities of these states for the mass demolition of monuments to Soviet soldiers-liberators, the persecution of the Russian-speaking population.”
At the same time, the full list of names in the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not given.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry expelled the ambassadors of Estonia and Latvia from the country. In turn, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said that he considers it pointless for Russian ambassadors to stay in the EU countries and suggested that the leadership of these states send Russian ambassadors.
Since the start of full-scale Russian aggression, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have consistently supported Ukraine and cut ties with Russia. In the Baltic countries, monuments of the Soviet era are being demolished, the presence of the Russian language in the programs of educational institutions is being reduced, and restrictions are being introduced on obtaining a residence permit by citizens of the Russian Federation. At the same time, the authorities of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania call on the EU countries to actively help Ukraine in the liberation of its territories from Russian troops.
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