The Minister stressed that the journalist is a citizen of the EU, so entry into Latvia he is banned for 3 years. Taking into account the fact that Phillips came to the territory of Latvia by car, the law enforcement bodies of the Republic of Latvia could not expel it in the UK. That's why he was sent to Russia, which agreed to accept him.
The decision to bring Phillips in the "black list" adopted by the Minister of internal Affairs of Latvia Kozlovsky based on the conclusion of the security Police. Thus, this decision is not political, but an administrative act.
Recall, Phillips was only detained on the 16 March events in the center of Riga. He loudly shouted slogans at the time of laying flowers to the monument of Freedom.