Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov needs to explain why 89 European politicians have been banned from entering Russia and confirm their names, an opposition lawmaker said Sunday in a formal inquiry.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.Two German parliament members who were turned back after flying into Moscow are on the list and were among several refusals that led the EU to ask Russia about it.
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