The 27 opt for symbolic sanctions vis-à-vis Russia, targeting several senior Kremlin officials. The relatives of Alexeï Navalny hoped for more muscular measures.
The European Union was expected at the turn, after the condemnation of Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, on February 2, to 2 years and 8 months in prison. And after the humiliation suffered by Josep Borrell, the head of European diplomacy, during his visit to Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then qualified the EU as an “unreliable partner” following the EU’s request to release Alexeï Navalny. And Moscow announced the same day the dismissal of several diplomats from European countries.
“Maybe without the trip to Moscow, we would not have come to an agreement on sanctions so quickly. It showed us that Russia was in a confrontational approach. ”
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