Russian Foreign Ministry spoke sharply about new EU sanctions over Navalny
This step was taken by the EU Council in the context of an “unprecedented warming up” of the anti-Russian information background, according to Moscow.
Russian authorities have expressed disappointment with the EU’s decision to prepare new sanctions in connection with the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This is stated in the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, released on Monday, February 22.
“It is disappointing to be disappointed by the decision taken by the EU Foreign Affairs Council on February 22 this year under a far-fetched pretext to prepare new unlawful unilateral restrictions on Russian citizens. Another opportunity has been missed for the EU to rethink the course of artificial linkages, sanctions and pressure in relations with Russia, which has complete insolvency “, – indicated in the diplomatic department.
Moscow believes that “in Brussels, they are instinctively pushing again the inoperative sanctions button.” They consider the demands for the release of a citizen of the Russian Federation who was convicted of economic crimes by a Russian court on Russian territory in accordance with Russian law as categorically unacceptable.
“In international practice, this is called interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state. However, in the European Union, they obviously do not want to follow the ethics of interstate relations, but, exploiting the myth of their own infallibility in the field of human rights, which is daily refuted by pictures of police arbitrariness on the streets of many European cities, ongoing attacks on freedom of the media and the sphere of application of the Russian language, are promoting their concept of a “world order based on rules,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The Russian diplomatic service indicated that this step was taken by the EU Council amid an “unprecedented warming up” of the anti-Russian information background associated with the visit of the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, to Moscow.
“The meaning of this information campaign was clearly to find an appropriate reason to inspire the EU foreign ministers with the idea of the need to“ take revenge ”and, through further deterioration of relations with Russia, compensate for the image costs allegedly incurred by EU diplomacy,” Moscow summed up.
Earlier on Monday, it became known that the EU will prepare new sanctions against Russia no later than in a week. Those who are responsible for Navalny’s arrest, accusation and sentence will be punished, said Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
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