Poisoning of Navalny: relatives of Putin sanctioned by the EU

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The Kremlin is directly targeted by the European Union. The leaders of the 27 countries, meeting in summit in Brussels, endorsed Thursday a series of sanctions which strike several close to the Russian president, of which the businessman Evguéni Prigojine, nicknamed “the leader of Putin”. The latter are targeted for their responsibility in the poisoning on August 20 of the opponent Alexeï Navalny, still recovering after his hospitalization in Berlin.

The EU has also sanctioned Yevgeny Prigojine for his role in the destabilization of Libya. The latter is linked to the Wagner group, a private military company engaged in the Libyan conflict and, as such, accused of “endangering peace, stability and security in the country”.

The UK is following in the footsteps of the 27. “The UK will continue to work closely with our international partners to oppose the use of chemical weapons by Russia,” said British foreign minister Dominic Raab on Twitter.

The people sanctioned. The head of the internal affairs department of the presidential administration Andrei Yarine, his deputy Sergei Kirienko, the deputy defense minister Pavel Popov, a special representative of the president, Sergei Meniaïlo, the director of the federal security service, Alexander Bortnikov and a deputy defense minister in charge of armaments, Alexeï Krivoruchko, are accused of being involved in the poisoning in Russia of the Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny. All are close to Vladimir Putin or answer him directly. The businessman Yevgeny Prigojine is also on the list.

Visas prohibited and assets frozen. The seven Russian dignitaries and the businessman will be banned from visas and their assets in the EU will be frozen. The names of the six personalities involved in the poisoning of Navalny were included on the list created to sanction the use of chemical weapons. They join the four members of the Russian military intelligence services directly involved in the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal in March 2018 in Great Britain.

Lavrov threatens “consequences”. The head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov, informed of these decisions by the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell, warned on Wednesday that they “would not remain without consequences”. He also reminded him of the Europeans’ decision to make EU-Russia relations conditional on “full implementation of the Minsk agreements” to end the conflict in Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov deplored Thursday an “unfriendly measure” and without “any logic”.


Original article by : www.leparisien.fr

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