The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to the decision of the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) countries to sanction Russia for the imprisonment of Russian opposition Alexey Navalny.
In a written statement made by the Ministry, it was stated that the decision taken under the pretext of “made up” at the EU Foreign Ministers Meeting created “disappointment” and pointed out that the EU is turning to “non-functional” sanctions instead of rethinking about pressure and sanctions in relations with Russia.
The statement noted that the decision in question was a “repeated erroneous step”, emphasizing that the calls for the release of Navalniy were “illegal” and “absurd”. “This Russian citizen was found guilty by the Russian court in our country for economic crimes.” expressions were used.
The statement pointed out that the EU does not want to comply with ethics in inter-state relations, “It is sad that illegitimate instruments such as ultimatums, pressure and sanctions have taken root in the EU’s foreign policy. The EU is trying to embrace the role of a pole acting alone on the global stage, but respect for its partners, He forgot that it can be implemented within the framework of the principle of non-intervention in his business and strict adherence to international law. ” statements were included.
SANCTION DECISIONS AGAINST RUSSIA
Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, made a statement after the meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers and stated that Russia has become authoritarian and distanced from the EU.
“As regards the situation of Navalniy, we made a political decision to impose restrictive measures against Russia, including those responsible for his arrest and punishment,” Borrell said. he used the expressions.
Explaining that for these restrictive measures, the EU initiated the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime in December 2020 for the first time, Borrell stated that the process for the preparation of the sanctions had started, concrete proposals were made and the measures were expected to be ready within a week.
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