Thursday, February 25, 2021

Germany is in favor of new sanctions on Russia


The issue of sanctions, according to the minister, arises again due to the conviction of A. Navaln and the fact that he will have to serve his sentence in the colony. “I am in favor of commissioning sanctions and lists of (sanctioned) people,” Maas said. Sanctions would include freezing their assets and banning travel to the EU.

The EU has been unsuccessfully demanding the release of the Kremlin’s criticism of Navalna for three weeks. Moscow calls it interference in internal affairs.

The EU is planning sanctions on Russia and Myanmar

European Union foreign ministers are likely to approve sanctions on Monday for the persecutors of Russian oppositionist Alexei Navaln and his supporters, as well as those responsible for the coup in Myanmar.

The 27-nation bloc’s diplomatic leaders will meet in Brussels for talks, during which it is also planned to hold a video conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss various topical issues.

However, the main topic on the agenda will be a series of human rights violations in various regions. Among other things, ministers will discuss the situation in Venezuela following last year’s much-criticized elections.

Measures against the Kremlin are planned two weeks after the controversial visit of EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell to Moscow, which turned into a diplomatic trap and provoked anger among some members of the community.

The new EU sanctions regime for human rights abuses is expected to be used for the first time, allowing those responsible to ban visas and seize their property, diplomats said.

“I hope that a political agreement will be reached,” one high-ranking European diplomat told AFP. – Experts from Member States should then work on [sankcijų taikinių] names. “

Waves of sanctions

Late on Sunday, two close associates of Navaln met in Brussels with eight EU foreign ministers and several community ambassadors.

One of these comrades, Leonid Volkov, told AFP that “there was talk of targeted personal sanctions [Rusijos prezidentui Vladimirui] “Putin’s closest allies and people guilty of gross human rights abuses.”

However, EU diplomats said measures could only be taken against those directly responsible for Russia’s treatment of Navaln, as the list of targets could be challenged in court.

The meeting, which took place on Sunday, was initiated by Lithuania. Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis did not name any other EU officials involved.

“It simply came to our notice then [pirmadieniui] “That we will decide unanimously on the list” to whom the new sanctions should apply, AFG Landsberg said.

The position vis-à-vis Moscow tightened after Borrell’s unsuccessful trip to Russia, during which Moscow announced the expulsion of three European diplomats and refused to negotiate cooperation.

The EU has repeatedly imposed sanctions on Russia on several occasions for the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and incitement to war in eastern Ukraine.

In October, the bloc added six officials to the list of sanctions related to last year’s poisoning of A. Navalnas with the nerve-paralyzing substance “Novičiok”.

Putin’s most prominent critic was sentenced to more than two and a half years in prison this month after returning to Russia after treatment in Germany.

The verdict has also provoked mass protests in many Russian cities, during which thousands of people have been detained by security forces.

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