Russia says European countries barred top EU official from visiting Moscow for talks

Russia's foreign ministry has denounced the decision of the president of the European Council to cancel a Moscow visit as a refusal to "hear the truth."

Herman van Rompuy was to meet with Russian officials on Wednesday but his visit has been canceled.

The foreign ministry claimed in a statement on Wednesday that van Rompuy "was not allowed" to come to Russia "by his own people." The statement said Moscow had promptly reacted to his request to visit Russia and said it was canceled at the last moment because Europe "didn't want to hear the truth."

Russia on Tuesday signed a treaty to incorporate Crimea into its territory following a referendum in which residents of Ukraine's region overwhelmingly backed the move. Ukraine and the West consider the vote illegitimate.