“I support the ordering of sanctions, the listing of individuals,” the German minister said when he arrived in Brussels for talks with EU colleagues.
“At the same time, we need to look to the roads to maintain a dialogue with Moscow. We need Russia to resolve many international conflicts,” the sister added.
According to Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Linde, she expects the bloc to use the new human rights sanctions regime.
“It is clear that Russia is pursuing a confrontation with the EU,” said EU High Representative Joseph Borrell.
Moscow “categorically refuses” to respect the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) that Navalny should be released, Borrell added.
EU foreign ministers could decide on sanctions on Russian officials on Monday in response to the imprisonment of Navalny, a source in diplomatic circles told the BNS news agency on Friday.
“The Foreign Affairs Council is expected to reach a political agreement on Monday on the EU’s response to the events in Navalna – the harmonization of the sanctions list, which includes influential people and officials close to the Kremlin, is nearing completion,” the source said.
The Baltic states and Poland have been the most encouraged to impose sanctions on Moscow, and other countries have recently expressed support for such a step.
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