European Union overseas ministers are more likely to approve on Monday new sanctions in opposition to Russia over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and the violent crackdown on protesters demanding his launch.
The move may come a day after the Union’s high diplomat, Josep Borrell, threatened Moscow with recent sanctions for ignoring a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) arguing that Navalny must be launched. Russian courts, nevertheless, have rejected the decision, accusing the physique of interfering in its home judicial affairs.
Calls for harder sanctions in opposition to the Kremlin mounted after Russia expelled earlier in February, three European diplomats, from Germany, Poland, and Sweden, on grounds they attended unlawful rallies in help of Navalny. The move was made throughout Borrell’s go to to Moscow, in a slightly embarrassing second for the bloc’s overseas coverage chief who got here below hearth for his passive stance in opposition to Moscow.
The overseas ministers of the 27-nation bloc are assembly in Brussels for talks that can even embrace a videoconference with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Speaking earlier than the assembly, Germany’s FM, Heiko Maas stated that he will probably be mandated to organize an inventory of Russian people to be sanctioned.
“I am to be given the order to prepare sanctions – listing of individuals. At the same time, however, we have to look for ways of maintaining a dialogue with Moscow,” Maas instructed reporters.