According to High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, they could decide on concrete measures within a week.

At their meeting on Monday, EU foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions on all those responsible for the sentencing and imprisonment of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said in Brussels on Monday.

At a press conference following a one-day meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Josep Borrell emphasized that preparations had begun for restrictive measures against specific individuals. Member States may decide on their proposals by written procedure within a period of up to one week.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó also contributed to the sanctions against Russia on behalf of Hungary. However, the Hungarian minister only took part in the meeting of the foreign ministers until the lunch break. He then flew to Budapest because without him the two-thirds parliamentary majority would not have been possible to prolong the emergency.

Szijjártó went to the polls rather than negotiating with the US Secretary of State

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Alexei Navalny must go to prison


On Saturday, the Moscow City Court upheld a lower-level resolution that made the suspended sentence of opposition politician Alexei Navalny in the so-called Yves Rocher case available for download.

Moscow is humiliating the EU in a way that is not in its best interests

András NémethWorld

In Russia, one of the favorite topics of the pro-regime media for days has been how Sergei Lavrov washed the floor with Russian Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs. However, it is not ruled out that the triumph will enter the history of Brussels-Moscow relations as a Pyrrhic victory: it may not be a good idea to humiliate anyone who still wants to have a dialogue with Russia.