European Union imposes sanctions on six Russian officials over Alexei Navalny poisoning

European Union imposes sanctions on six Russian officials over Alexei Navalny poisoning

Russia's worldwide minister warned Tuesday that Moscow might droop its connections with the European Union in response to the sanctions inside the avoidance of Russian resistance chief Alexei Navalny - an unparalleled hazard which displays a bitter Russia-EU pressure.

The EU also invoked the chemical weapons convention a year ago, when it sanctioned other Russians over the use of a nerve agent against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018 - an attack that Western nations have blamed on Moscow.

The institute was sanctioned because the European Union accused GosNIIOKhT of being responsible for the creation of the military-grade nerve agent Novichok, allegedly used against Navalny.

The State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology was also targeted.

Britain said it would also enforce the sanctions, despite having left the bloc, while Russian Federation warned the measures would further damage already fraught relations with the EU.

"Any use of chemical weapons by the Russian state violates worldwide law".

Navalny is now still in Germany, where he is still receiving rehabilitation treatment, having been released from the hospital last month.

The decision was made at a meeting of European Union ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium.

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"The EU with this step has harmed relations with our country", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, describing the EU's actions as a "consciously unfriendly step" and promising retaliation.

This month the inter-governmental Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that Novichok had been used against Mr Navalny.

Navalny asserted that his poisoning couldn't have been ordered without Putin's involvement, an accusation the Kremlin vehemently denied.

Alexei Navalny, fierce critic of Putin, was poisoned on a domestic flight in Siberia on August 20. The conclusion accorded with previous findings of other labs in Germany and elsewhere.

"The Germans are not planning to provide any facts, despite all worldwide and legal obligations".

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Armenia's Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has suggested that Moscow might retaliate and even sever ties over the Navalny dispute. "We will respond proportionately ... This is diplomatic practice".

A day earlier, Lavrov had said: "we probably simply have to temporarily stop talking to those people in the West who are responsible for foreign policy and don't understand the need for mutually respectful dialogue".

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