Richmond Times-Dispatch

Russia retaliates over Navalny case sanctions


MOSCOW — Russia has adopted sanctions against a number of German and French officials in response to the European Union’s sanctions over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday.

Navalny, a corruption investigat­or and longtime opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is in Germany recovering from what German authoritie­s said was a nerve agent poisoning.

Last month, EU foreign ministers imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and a state research institute over the incident.

Lavrov told reporters retaliator­y sanctions against “senior staff of the offices of the leaders of Germany and France” have already been adopted.

“Soon we will inform our German and French colleagues,” Lavrov said, without elaboratin­g how many officials would be affected or revealing their names.

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