Wednesday, February 24, 2021

EU foreign ministers impose sanctions on four Russians over Navalny



Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny PHOTO: Reuters

EU foreign ministers today agreed to impose sanctions on four high-ranking Russian officials for imprisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Reuters reported, citing two diplomats.

No specific names were discussed at the meeting in Brussels. The foreign ministers have given the green light to prepare the list, BTA reported.

However, according to the quoted diplomats, the EU will impose sanctions on four high-ranking representatives of the Russian authorities. These are the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General and the directors of the National Guard and the Federal Penitentiary Service.

Earlier in the day, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell expressed the expectation that member states’ foreign ministers would be united and determined in discussing Russia’s response to recent actions.

It is clear that Russia has taken a confrontation with Europe, and the case of Alexei Navalny is a clear example of a breach of Russia’s commitments. Russia refuses to take into account the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on Navalny, Borel said.

Ahead of the meeting, several foreign ministers, including Heiko Maas, Germany’s first diplomat, voiced support for imposing sanctions on Russia.





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