Russia: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the publication of a list of so-called “unfriendly States”

Brussels, May 15, 2021.- The European Union deplores the publication of Measures in “Response to Unfriendly Actions of Foreign States”, following the unprecedented Decree signed by President Putin on 23 April. The EU considers the allegations of unfriendly actions as unfounded.

This Decree is incompatible with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 with regard to the duties of the host state to secure the functioning of diplomatic missions.

We call on Russia to review its decision, to avoid a further deterioration of our relationship that is already under strain. The EU will continue to coordinate its position with its partners.

We express full solidarity with the Czech Republic, an EU Member State, and the United States of Americaand call on Russia to fully respect the Vienna Convention.

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