The imposition of sanctions on Russia, in response to the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny, was officially decided on Monday by the Foreign Ministers of the European Union.
“Relations (with Russia) are certainly at a nadir, there is no other way to describe it,” Maas said, referring to a visit by European diplomacy chief Josep Borrell to Moscow. “Therefore, we decided today to impose additional sanctions on specific individuals,” he added.
Borrell will propose which Russian officials will be targeted with sanctions, the German Foreign Minister stressed, noting that he expects an agreement on this list of names in the coming days.
Earlier, two European diplomats said the sanctions would affect four high-ranking Russian officials, including the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee investigating major crimes, the director of Russia’s prisons, the director of the National Guard and the National Guard. of the country.
The political agreement, which is expected to be formally approved by the EU in March, came after France, Germany, Poland and the Baltic states urged the 27-member bloc to send a message to Putin that dialogue and dialogue should be allowed. protest in Russia.
It is recalled that on Saturday, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny lost his appeal against the decision to sentence him to almost three years in prison, which according to him had political motives, but his sentence was slightly reduced.
Source: ΑΜΠΕ – skai.gr
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