Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Ministers approved sanctions against those responsible for the conviction of Alexei Navalny


Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar (right, left, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian) also attended the meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels. Before the session, Logar also attended a ministerial dinner with a representative of the Russian opposition and close associate of Navalny, Leonid Volkov, and an informal ministerial breakfast with International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensoud. On the sidelines, he met bilaterally with the Hungarian Foreign Minister. Photo: EPA

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell expressed hope after the meeting that concrete decisions would not take more than a week. According to Borrell, the Union will apply a new framework of sanctions against human rights violators for the first time, following the example of US law. Magnicki.

This system, set up in December last year, allows individuals, companies and state and non-state bodies around the world to be punished directly in the event of serious infringements.

EU foreign ministers for new sanctions against Russia

Sanctions: Punishing individuals by banning travel and freezing property
These are a series of sanctions that the EU has been applying throughout: punishing individuals by banning them from traveling into the territory of the Union, and punishing individuals and legal entities by freezing assets. In addition, individuals and legal entities in the EU may not directly or indirectly fund offenders on the list.

Borrell: Agreeing that Russia is moving away from Europe
According to Borrell, the ministers agreed that Russia was moving away from Europe and that it was clearly not interested in cooperating with the EU. At the same time, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy emphasized the need to define the way in which they would be able to avoid a permanent confrontation.

There was no criticism of his visit to Moscow, during which the Kremlin expelled three European diplomats and described the Union as an unreliable partner, as it clearly showed the relationship between the Union and Russia, Borrell added.

European Union “Foreign Minister” Josep Borrell emphasized that, from a legal point of view, only those directly involved could be punished, and that it was not easy to establish direct links with the oligarchs. “We can’t sanction someone because we don’t like them,” he illustrated. Photo: EPA

We can’t sanction someone because we don’t like them
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy did not want to be more specific about the names they intend to put on the criminal list. Despite calls from circles close to Navalny, the Union should sanction the Russian president’s closest allies Vladimir Putin, this is unlikely to happen. Borrell stressed that, from a legal point of view, only those directly involved can be punished, and that it is not easy to establish direct links with the oligarchs. “We can’t sanction someone because we don’t like it,” he illustrated.

The EU has already imposed a series of sanctions against Russia since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. Due to the poisoning of Navalny, it imposed sanctions against six employees in October last year. administration Russian President Putin and the Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology.

Logar: The need for EU unity and the preservation of communication channels with Russia

Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ange Logar stressed the need to maintain the unity of the EU vis-à-vis the Russian Federation and to consistently implement the existing five principles of EU cooperation with Russia. Logar also stressed the importance of maintaining open communication channels and dialogue with Russia on topics of common interest. That’s it stated the need for strategic reflection.

The members of the Union do not have a single opinion on the attitude towards Russia. The Eastern and Baltic countries are in favor of a tough approach, Italy, Greece and Cyprus are among the most lenient, and Germany and France are somewhere in between and are in favor of dialogue.

Ministers with the US Secretary of State Blinknom on deepening the transatlantic partnership

It was also among the most important topics on Monday virtual conversation with the new US Secretary of State Antonyem Blinknom. Borrell reported a very positive conversation, showing that the emphasis is not only on deepening the transatlantic partnership, but also on a joint contribution to global leadership in the fight against pandemics and climate change, and the promotion of democracy.

Logar: Slovenia wants to organize an EU-Western Balkans summit

Logar is in the first virtual meeting of ministers with Blinknom emphasized the need to address current global challenges in close transatlantic cooperation, strengthening resilience and cyber security, including in the priorities of Slovenia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, and the importance of cooperation in the Western Balkans. V virtual conversation with Slovenian correspondents in Brussels, Logar stressed that flash expressed the desire for a more active dialogue in the Western Balkans, as well as the US conviction that all six countries should be offered a European perspective and that a strategic note should also be taken into account. Logar also announced that Slovenia wants to organize an EU-Western Balkans summit during its presidency of the EU Council in the second half of this year. informal top on resilience. “In this context, we want to have an important debate on building a robust, capable European Union to confront with a wide variety of crises, from health to cyber, “ Logar explained.

Borrell “reasonably optimistic” about Iran’s nuclear deal

One of the central topics today was the future of the international Iranian nuclear agreement, which the EU is trying to maintain. Borrell hinted that news could be expected in the coming days, and said it was “reasonably optimistic”.

Foreign ministers strongly condemned the military coup in Myanmar

In addition, the foreign ministers strongly condemned the military coup in Myanmar and expressed their readiness to adopt sanctions against those directly responsible for it. They also called for the immediate lifting of the state of emergency, the establishment of a legitimate civilian government and the establishment of a newly elected parliament. “The EU stands ready to take restrictive measures that will target those directly responsible for the military coup and their economic interests,” it says in the decisions taken by the ministers. At the same time, the military authorities again called for the immediate and unconditional release of President Vin Mjinta, civilian leader Aung San His Whose and all those detained or apprehended in connection with the coup. Authorities called for the utmost restraint and all parties to refrain from violence.





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