Russian ‘blackmailing’ of Ireland ‘unacceptable’, says EU group leader
This dispute was sparked by FF Senator Jim Walsh's motion before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs to have Russian officials involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky named and sanctioned (assets frozen and future visas denied).
Mr. Magnitsky, aged 37, died after almost a year in custody. He was held in squalid conditions, and denied medical treatment in spite of his deteriorating health. He had been arrested and jailed after denouncing high-level corruption.
Russian Ambassador Maxm Reshkov wrote to the Oireachtas Committee, warning them to back off or risk torpedoing negotiations on an adoption agreement between Russia and Ireland.
FG's Bernard Durkan introduced an amendment, whereby the proposed sanctions would be dropped. FG's Olivia Mitchell said that we “shouldn’t go out of our way to cause offence”.
Senator Walsh says the Russian warning amounts to intimidation and believes that Ireland should stand firm.
He now has the backing of former Belgian PM, and current Head of EU Liberal group, Guy Verhofstadt.
I hope Ireland refuses to be intimidated by the bully-boy Ambassador and his masters in Moscow.
more on Sergei Magnitsky: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_...ness_and_death