EU agrees to sanction Russians over Navalny poisoning

Luxembourg: European Union international ministers on Monday backed a Franco-German plan to impose sanctions on Russians suspected of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent, diplomats mentioned.

Berlin and Paris made their proposal at a gathering of EU international ministers in Luxembourg. They are saying they haven’t had a reputable clarification from Moscow for what the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mentioned was the presence of the banned Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in Navalny’s physique.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny.Credit score:AP

The pace with which the EU’s two important powers have agreed to push forward with sanctions suggests a hardening of the bloc’s stance in direction of Moscow. It took nearly a 12 months for the EU to agree sanctions towards Russians after a nerve agent assault in 2018 on a former Russian spy in Britain.

German Overseas Minister Heiko Maas advised reporters that Navalny’s poisoning couldn’t “stay with out penalties”.