Six Russians, including FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, were included in the sanctions list due to the fact that they could be “considered responsible” for what happened to Alexei Navalny, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas explained. TASS reports.
“Thus, we Europeans are sending a strong signal of solidarity to Moscow,” he said at a joint press conference with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. Maas also thanked his Polish counterpart for support in this matter.
On October 15, the European Union (EU) imposed sanctions against six Russians, including Bortnikov, as well as one research institute over the situation with Alexei Navalny. In addition to Bortnikov, the head of the Russian president’s internal policy department Andrei Yarin, the deputy defense ministers of Russia Alexei Krivoruchko and Pavel Popov, and the plenipotentiary envoy of the Russian president in the Siberian Federal District, Sergei Menyailo, fell under the sanctions. These persons are prohibited from entering the territory of the European Union, their financial assets in European banks are frozen.
Also, restrictions are imposed on the State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT) – European entrepreneurs are prohibited from maintaining any relationship with it.
Following the EU, the UK imposed sanctions. London will freeze assets and ban the entry of those allegedly responsible for what happened to the Russian. The sanctions will affect six people and one organization.
The Kremlin called the EU’s actions an unfriendly move. The press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow will analyze the current situation and will act in its own interests. He also noted that the EU Council, by its decision, damaged relations with Moscow.
In addition, Peskov said that there is no group in the Kremlin to discredit Alexei Navalny.
Navalny became ill on August 20 during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. In the first two days, doctors from the Omsk hospital helped him. They also introduced him to an artificial coma. On August 22, the patient was sent to a clinic in Berlin, and in September he was taken out of the coma and discharged.
Now, according to the radio station SWR, after being discharged from the Berlin clinic “Charite” Navalny spends time in the German resort town of Ibach in the South Black Forest Nature Park. Journalists and local residents found a large number of police officers in the city: they reported that they were guarding a certain person in accordance with “increased security requirements.” It is alleged that this is Navalny, resting at the resort after treatment.
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