- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had campaigned for the Franco-German proposal for new Russia sanctions.
- The foreign ministers of the EU countries decided on Monday in Luxembourg to extend the corresponding sanctions on the regime until October 16, 2021.
- In another case, the EU already decided on measures against Russia on Wednesday.
After the poison attack on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the European Union is launching new sanctions on Russia. The foreign ministers of the EU countries agreed on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg to begin the necessary preparations. In addition to travel restrictions for certain people, these could also include economic sanctions, for example.
The Finnish Foreign Minister estimated that compiling the sanctions list could take several weeks, however. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had campaigned for the Franco-German proposal for new Russia sanctions.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had confirmed that the poisoning of the Russian dissident, Navalny, was a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and stressed that the heinous act won’t be without consequences.
Navalny collapsed on August 20 while on a domestic flight in Russia. After an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk, he was transferred to Berlin’s Charité hospital on the demands of his family, as well as political supporters who doubted Russia’s sincerity, in as far as attending to him medically is concerned.
The 44-year-old has since left the hospital, but has not yet fully recovered, and is recuperating in the German capital. He nonetheless has vowed to return to Russia and continue with his political activism once he is fully recovered.
Navalny strongly suspects that the administration of President Vladimir Putin was fully behind the poison attack on him. The opposition politician is one of the fiercest critics of the Russian President and his government in general.
Personal Individual Measures
Germany and France are the two European countries that demanded the sanctions on Russia over Navalny, and the two justify their demands for sanctions by stating that Russia has not yet complied with requests for a complete investigation of the crime.
The punitive measures are intended to target individuals “who, by virtue of their official positions are considered responsible for the crime and the violation of international legal norms, as well as an institution involved in the Novichok program.”
The foreign ministers of the EU countries decided on Monday in Luxembourg to extend the corresponding sanctions on the regime until October 16, 2021. In another case, the EU already decided on measures against Russia on Wednesday.
The two top executives of the Russian military intelligence service, GRU, have been banned from entering the bloc and blocked by the European Union for another year. The chief and the deputy chief of the GRU are accused of being responsible for the use of neurotoxins in the attack on a former Russian military officer and double agent for the United Kingdom’s intelligence services.
The decision also extended the sanctions against the two agents who are alleged to have carried out the attack in Salisbury. In the attack in Salisbury, Mr. Skripal and his daughter Julia were seriously poisoned in March 2018.
The perpetrators used a substance that corresponds to the Novichok warfare agent developed in the Soviet Union. According to the results of several laboratory tests, Navalny was also poisoned with the said substance.