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Navalny Novichok poisoning: European Union sanctions hit top Russians

Navalny Novichok poisoning: European Union sanctions hit top Russians”

Russia's worldwide minister warned Tuesday that Moscow might droop its connections with the European Union in response to the sanctions inside the avoidance of Russian resistance chief Alexei Navalny - an unparalleled hazard which displays a bitter Russia-EU pressure.

EU Foreign Ministers agreed on Monday to impose the sanctions, following a push by France and Germany to freeze the assets of those suspected of involvement and ban them from traveling in Europe under sanctions to combat the use and spread of chemical weapons.

Navalny, an anti-corruption investigator in addition to additionally essentially the most seen opponent of President Vladimir Putin, fell sick on August 20 throughout a nationwide journey in Russian Federation.

The EU said that institute, which was responsible for destroying Soviet-era chemical weapon, was years ago involved in the development and production of chemical weapons, including the nerve agent Novichok allegedly used to poison Navalny.

Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, who has been indicted in the United States for interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections, was also separately sanctioned by the European Union, accused of breaking a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the European Union of failing to understand what he called "the need for mutually respectful dialogue", and said Russia would retaliate against sanctions.

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Moscow has denied any involvement and questioned whether Navalny was poisoned at all. He was flown to Germany for treatment two days later and is still recovering there. The sanctions also name Aleksander Bortnikov, director of the Federal Security Service, along with defense ministry deputies who manage Russia's military research and weapons.

Paris and Berlin say they have not had a credible explanation from Moscow for what the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said was Novichok in Navalny's body.

"The EU with this step has harmed relations with our country", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, describing the EU's actions as a "consciously unfriendly step" and promising retaliation. The legal procedures were completed Thursday. "We will respond in kind". On Tuesday, Mr. Lavrov suggested that Moscow might even sever ties. "This is diplomatic practice", he said in an interview on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks to First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Office Sergei Kiriyenko (R) during a meeting with members of the working group on proposals for amendments to the Russian constitution, in Moscow, Russia, 26 February 2020 (reissued 15 October 2020).

Mr. Borrell also underlined that Moscow must do its utmost to investigate this crime thoroughly in full transparency and to fully cooperate with the OPCW, and that the European Union will continue to defend its interests and values, including respect for global law and fundamental rights.



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