January 15, 2016 / 5:08 PM / 3 years ago

Germany denies entry visa to Russian agriculture minister on sanctions list

MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Germany has refused to issue an entry visa to Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev, his press service said on Friday, because he was one of the people listed in the European Union’s sanctions against Moscow.

In retaliation, the Russian delegation will not attend the food and agriculture trade Green Week in Berlin on Jan. 15-24, the agriculture ministry said.

The sanctions were imposed on Russian over its role in the Ukraine crisis and its annexation of the Crimea peninsula.

Tkachev’s name was added in mid-2014, when he was head of Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, because he was awarded a medal “for the liberation of Crimea” by the acting head of Crimea for the support he provided.

Germany’s foreign ministry declined to comment. (Reporting by Polina Devitt,; additional reporting by Tina Bellon,; editing by Larry King)

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