The official representative of the Foreign Ministry of Lithuania Kestutis Vashkelyavichyus explained why judges of the Constitutional Court of Russia were denied entry to the country.
“The decision was made due to the fact that in 2014 the Russian Constitutional Court approved the annexation of the Crimea. It was an abrupt violation of the universally recognized norms of international law,” Vashkelyavichyus said.
According to him, Lithuania announced its decision to all EU countries.
Constitutional Court judges were included in the lists “according to all the rules and procedures prescribed by the legislation,” said the representative of the Foreign Ministry.
Due to the decision of the Lithuanian authorities, the Russian judges would not be able to attend the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which will take place in Vilnius in 2017.
In this regard, the head of the Russian Constitutional Court Valery Zorkin addressed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with a compliant.
He told Putin that the Lithuanian authorities have banned the entry of the judges of the Constitutional Court. According to him, he received a message from Lithuania, where the ban was explained by the fact that the judges are “a threat to the security” of the country, since they approved the decision on accession the Crimea to Russia. In turn, Putin called the decision of the Lithuanian authorities “idiotic”.