Lithuania bans Russian judges from entering the country for illegal decisions on Crimea

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The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry spokesman has explained the ban on entry to the country for the judges of the Constitutional Court of Russia.

“The decision is made due to the fact that the Constitutional Court of Russia adopted a judicial definition, formalizing the annexation of Crimea in 2014. This is a flagrant violation of the universally recognized norms of international law,” said official spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of Lithuania Kęstutis Vaškelevičius.

He added that Lithuania had informed all the EU countries about this decision.

Vaškelevičius explained that the judges of the Constitutional Court of Russia were included in the lists of sanctions “with regard to all the rules and procedures prescribed by legal acts”. The Russian judges may appeal against this decision in Lithuanian courts.

Earlier Head of the Constitutional Court of Russia Valery Zorkin complained to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the Lithuanian’s ban on entry for the Russian CC judges. He said that he had received a “despatch” from Lithuania explaining the ban by the CC judges threatened the national security of the country because of their approval of the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Putin called the explanation “idiotic”.

After the dispatch a question arose whether the judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation will be able to visit the World Conference on constitutional justice, which will take place in Vilnius in 2017.

 

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