Posted 1 марта 2021,, 12:30

Published 1 марта 2021,, 12:30

Modified 24 декабря 2022,, 22:38

Updated 24 декабря 2022,, 22:38

The EU agreed upon new sanctions against Russia

The EU agreed upon new sanctions against Russia

1 марта 2021, 12:30
The permanent representatives of the EU member states agreed on the introduction of new sanctions against Russia. The sanctions are imposed after the Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was arrested, and on February 2 the court replaced his suspended sentence with a real one in the Yves Rocher case.

This week, the names of those against whom the sanctions are being imposed will become known, RIA Novosti writes, citing an informed source. Earlier it was noted that the countries of the European Union decided not to escalate relations with Russia and refused to impose sanctions against Russian companies and businessmen. Only officials will be subject to new sanctions. Among them are likely to be the heads of the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor General's Office, the Federal Penitentiary Service and the Russian Guard, the newspaper notes.

The decision to impose new sanctions was made by the foreign ministers of the EU countries on February 22. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov then said that Russia would be ready to break off relations with the EU if new sanctions affected "the most sensitive sectors of the Russian economy". At a meeting with the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, Lavrov called the EU not the most reliable partner for Russia. Later, he also explained that Russia would be ready to break off relations with the EU if the union itself wanted to.

It that Navalny was arrested in mid-January at the capital's airport upon his return from Germany, where the Russian politician was undergoing treatment. On February 2, the court replaced his 3.5-year suspended sentence with a real one. Taking into account the served sentence, the policy will remain behind bars for another two years and eight months.