Diplomats: Russians Suspected Of Poisoning Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny: According to diplomats, on Monday the European Union foreign ministers backed a Franco-German plan. As a result, to impose sanctions on Russians who are currently being suspected of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent.
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At a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg, Berlin and Paris made their proposal. Also, they explained that they did not have a credible explanation from Moscow.
In the account of what the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said was the presence of the banned Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in Navalny’s body.
The speed at which the EU’s two leading powers seemed to have agreed with the sanctions. Suggest a hardening of the bloc’s position towards Moscow. Also, it took almost a year for the EU to finally decide on the sanctions against Russians. As a result, if the 2018 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.
Earlier on Monday, arriving at the meeting, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters that Navalny’s poisoning could not “remain without consequences”.
Further giving details, he said, “France and Germany propose imposing sanctions on certain people that caught our eye in this respect, “.
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Reports from Reuters, EU diplomats told that there was broad support among the 27 foreign ministers to support freezes and voyage bans on several Russian GRU military intelligence officials.
Moscow Claims ‘No Involvement In Navalny’s Poisoning’
On Monday, Senior Russian lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov stated that Russia might respond to the EU sanctions symmetrically. He recited Moscow’s line “that there was no valid confirmation behind the indictments, “.
Also, the sanctions are not predicted to be authorised immediately because a legal text must be prepared and cleared by experts from the 27 EU states.
On August 28, Navalny fell ill on a flight in Siberia, later airlifted to Berlin for treatment. According to OPCW last week, the blood samples taken from him verified the existence of a nerve agent from the banned Novichok family.
Also, Western governments and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have taken an interest. They said Russia must assist in the investigations or prepare to face the consequences.
Austria’s foreign minister, Alexander Schallenberg, whose country previously in close relation decided to favour closer ties with Russia. Stating that there could not be a “return to business as usual”, with Moscow failing to help clear up doubts about the poisoning.