"Instead of helping to end the conflict, the European Union does not hide its desire to prolong the hostilities as much as possible, despite the casualties and destruction, to ensure 'victory on the battlefield,' to weaken our country with the help of illegitimate unilateral restrictions," the statement says.
The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the EU's position was especially cynical, because through this previously peaceful integration association, in violation of not only international, but also its own rules for controlling the export of military technologies and equipment, the Kiev regime was being pumped up with lethal weapons.
Borrell earlier threatened Russia with new sanctions over the partial mobilization and the referenda.
"We paid attention to this statement by the head of European diplomacy, which reflects the common position of EU countries. Like many recent statements by Josep Borrell, it is riddled with a confrontational mood, completely devoid of objectivity and out of touch with reality," Zakharova said in a statement.
Since September 19, Finland has been the only EU country bordering Russia with a land border open to Russians. Earlier on Friday, the Finnish authorities announced that a decision in principle to ban tourism and transit from Russia had been made.
"Based on this decision, the movement of tourists will be stopped. Visas may be suspended or restricted, except for special groups, such as people visiting relatives. They [groups allowed to enter] will be detailed in the decision," Haavisto said at a briefing broadcast by the Finnish media.
The minister noted that the decision would come into force in the coming days.
"There is no exact date, but this is a tough decision. All tourist flows across the border will be blocked. This applies both to those who travel on Schengen visas previously issued by Finland, and to those who travel on Schengen visas issued by other countries," Haavisto said.
He noted that the preferential procedure for obtaining visas for property owners will be closed.
"Details of the decision are still being discussed. Visas can be issued for reasons such as family relationships, study and work. The loophole for property owners will be closed," Haavisto said.
The minister noted that a fundamental decision had been made, and all involved departments were urgently clarifying legal details.
Earlier, in a number of media and Telegram channels, there were reports that more than one million people were called.
"These are all fakes," Peskov told Sputnik.
Poland, Ireland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania plan to introduce a ban on Russian LNG as part of new EU sanctions against Russia, as well as put restrictions on nuclear energy cooperation, according to a document obtained by the news agency.
Another measures that could possibly be proposed by this group of EU countries include a ban on transfer of US dollar banknotes to Russia and stricter control over transactions of crypto assets, Bloomberg wrote.
"Foreign observers have already arrived, they are representatives of two countries - France and the United States. They expressed a desire to travel to remote areas of the Kherson region, and we provided them with such an opportunity. At the moment they are working with our voters," Zakharova told reporters.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced his support for referenda, causing a backlash from the Western countries. In particular, on Thursday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced that the bloc would impose new sanctions on Russia's leadership and people involved in organizing referenda.
The DPR and LPR proclaimed their independence from Ukraine in 2014 after holding self-determination referendums. In February 2022, Russia recognized the DPR and LPR and launched a military operation in Ukraine in response to calls for help from the two breakaway republics.