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EU im­poses sanc­tions on six Rus­sians over Navalny poi­son­ing

- Germany News · European Politics · UK News · Politics · European Union · Alexey Navalny · United Kingdom · Russia · Russian Empire · Moscow · Germany · Heiko Maas

BRUS­SELS — The Euro­pean Union and Bri­tain im­posed sanc­tions Thurs­day on six Rus­sians, some among the high­est-ranked of­fi­cials in the na­tion, and a state re­search in­sti­tute over the nerve agent poi­son­ing of Rus­sian op­po­si­tion leader Alexei Navalny.

The move comes a day af­ter Rus­sia’s for­eign min­is­ter threat­ened the 27-na­tion EU with re­tal­ia­tory ac­tion. The sanc­tions had been agreed on by EU for­eign min­is­ters on Mon­day, with­out names given.

“Rus­sia is our neigh­bor and shares this con­ti­nent with us, but we will not give up our prin­ci­ples and con­vic­tions when it comes to chem­i­cal weapons,” French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Mar­con told re­porters at a sum­mit of EU lead­ers in Brus­sels. He said the bloc must con­tinue “a trans­par­ent but de­mand­ing di­a­logue” with Moscow.

For­eign Min­is­ter Heiko Maas of Ger­many, which holds the EU’s ro­tat­ing pres­i­dency, said that “only with a clear po­si­tion and by stick­ing to prin­ci­ples can we as the Euro­pean Union make progress with re­spect to Rus­sia.”

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