Russia: Moscow vows response to EU sanctions imposed in connection with Navalny case – Zakharova
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that sanctions against representatives of the leadership of the Ministry of Defense, the FSB and the presidential administration of the Russian Federation will not remain unanswered
The EU has imposed financial sanctions against six senior Russian officials from the Defense Ministry, the FSB and the Kremlin, believed to be involved in the poisoning of prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
They are threatened with an asset freeze and a ban on entering the European Union.
Some of these individuals are members of the narrow circle of elites that have surrounded Russian President Vladimir Putin for many years.. These are FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, first deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko, and head of the presidential administration’s internal political department Andrei Yarin.
The rest are Deputy Defense Ministers Alexei Krivoruchko and Pavel Popov and Presidential Representative in the Siberian Federal District Sergei Menyailo.
The EU has also imposed sanctions against the Russian State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology. Western intelligence services claim that it was at this institute that the nerve agent Novichok was developed and produced, with which Navalny was poisoned.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow will give a mirror response to sanctions in connection with the case of Kremlin critic Navalny.
On Thursday, as reported by the Russian Interfax news agency, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said that EU sanctions against Russia will not go unanswered..
"These steps, as you understand, will not go unnoticed.", – Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. She also noted that Russia has repeatedly warned “colleagues in Brussels and other European capitals that the EU’s obsessive desire to blame the situation with Navalny on the Russian side will be a real litmus test for our future relations with the EU.”.
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