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Navalny: European Union decides on new targeted sanctions against Russia

These sanctions should target police and judicial officials.

LEU foreign ministers on Monday decided to adopt new targeted sanctions against those responsible for the treatment of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, several diplomats told ..

A “political agreement” for new targeted sanctions was reached during a meeting of the ministers of the Twenty-Seven, and the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell was asked to propose a list of names of Russian officials to sanction, said diplomats. No oligarch should be affected, they say.

No oligarchs targeted

The agreement was reached after a long discussion between the ministers, but no names will be mentioned after the meeting. “These will be targeted, proportionate and legally based sanctions,” said one of the diplomats.

The sanctions should target “those responsible for the police and judiciary responsible for the unacceptable treatment of Alexei Navalny,” Austrian foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg said on arrival at the meeting.

“It is hardly possible to sanction the oligarchs. We can only act against officials, and that only if we have proof, ”for his part stressed the head of Luxembourg diplomacy Jean Asselborn.

Navalny’s supporters not satisfied

“If it is a question of sanctioning ten Kremlin officials who do not like to travel abroad and have no property abroad, then it will not be painful and it will not convey the message”, warned Leonid Volkov, a close friend of Alexeï Navalny, who came to Brussels to plead for European sanctions against the oligarchs close to the Kremlin.

“For us, this will mean that we must continue our fight to convince,” he added.

The Kremlin had issued a warning to Europeans ahead of their meeting. Moscow is “ready to react” in the event of “a new round of restrictive, unilateral, illegitimate measures”, warned Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, in an interview with the German daily Die Welt.

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