Lawmaker Asks for Russian EU Blacklist to Be Made Public

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov needs to explain why 89 European politicians have been banned entry into Russia and confirm their names, an opposition lawmaker requested Sunday in a formal complaint. Russia has shared the list with European Union officials, but has refused to release it. A leaked list published by the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle includes politicians from 17 EU countries, but no explanation for the bans. The Russian Foreign Ministry has said only that the blacklist was in response to EU economic sanctions and travel bans imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.