Ambassadors of Sweden, France and Germany were summoned to the Foreign Ministry
The Russian Foreign Ministry has banned several citizens of the EU countries from entering the country, whom Moscow considers “involved in escalating anti-Russian sanctions activity.” Who exactly entered the new list – has not yet been reported. The lists were handed over to the ambassadors of Sweden, France and Germany, who were summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
The ministry’s statement emphasizes that Moscow’s actions are related to the sanctions previously imposed by the European Union against a number of Russian high-ranking officials in connection with the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “The countries that initiated this step did not provide evidence in this case,” the statement says, where the incident with Navalny is called an “incident.”.
The fact that Moscow will introduce retaliatory sanctions was previously stated by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
It was in Germany, France and Sweden that experts found in the analyzes of Alexei Navalny traces of a toxic substance from the Novichok group. Their presence was subsequently confirmed by the OPCW. The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized this organization in a separate statement the day before..
The ambassadors were summoned to the Foreign Ministry the day after Navalny published a recording of his conversation with allegedly FSB officer Konstantin Kudryavtsev, who, thinking that he was talking to the Assistant Secretary of the Russian Security Council, actually admitted that Navalny had been poisoned by intelligence officers and told details. Earlier, an investigation was published about the surveillance of Navalny by FSB officers, among whom were doctors and chemists.
Russian President Vladimir Putin actually admitted the surveillance, but the Russian authorities categorically deny the poisoning. The FSB announced that the conversation published by Navalny was a fake. The Russian authorities do not put forward a complete version of what happened to Navalny on August 20.
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