Bundestag vice president cancels visit to Russia in protest at ban on MP
One of the vice-presidents of the German Bundestag or parliament, Johannes Singhammer, has cancelled a visit to Russia planned for May 26 in protest at Russia’s refusing entry to a German MP, German news broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on Tuesday, with reference to German news agency DPA.
The reason for refusal was the recent ban on entry to the territory of Russia of German MP Karl-Georg Wellmann.
"As Vice-President of the German Bundestag, I cannot accept that my parliamentary colleague, without reason, was refused entry [to Russia] at a Moscow airport," Singhammer said, adding that he had been planning to hold a series of meetings with Russian diplomats during his visit.
Wellmann, a known critic of the Kremlin, has in the past described Russia as a “warmonger” and spoken out against its support for anti-government militants in the east of Ukraine.
Russia has denied supporting the militants, but a large and growing body of evidence now makes its denials hardly credible.