Disclosed data on Russian sanctions against a number of European countries. They will affect some citizens of Germany, France and Sweden, told “Lente.ru” in the Swedish Foreign Ministry.
The Swedish Embassy in Moscow was informed that the Russian side is preparing an updated sanctions list. So far, the Russian Foreign Ministry has not specified which citizens it will introduce retaliatory measures against.
“We deeply regret this decision. This does not change the fact that Russia should be held accountable for conducting an independent international investigation into the poisoning of [Alexei] Navalny, ”the press service of the Swedish Foreign Ministry said.
The department added that the EU sanctions are different from the Russian ones. The European Union “is guided by clear criteria, according to which individuals and legal entities are considered involved in crimes against international law, such as the attack on Navalny.” In addition, those who have come under European sanctions allegedly receive a letter of notification and can appeal. However, the sanctions lists of Russia are not published openly, are not sent to the “victims” and do not involve filing an appeal, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry, against the backdrop of the EU sanctions imposed against Moscow due to the Navalny incident, summoned diplomats from several European countries. The Kommersant newspaper wrote that ten high-ranking representatives of France, Germany and Sweden will be included in the sanctions list.
The state of health of Alexei Navalny sharply worsened during the flight from Tomsk to Moscow on August 20, the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. On August 22, the oppositionist was taken to a Berlin clinic, whose specialists announced the discovery of traces of a substance from the Novichok group in the Russian's body. Russian doctors, who also conducted research, found no poisons. After his recovery, Navalny announced the involvement of the Russian leadership in his poisoning.
On October 15, the EU imposed sanctions on six Russians over the situation with Navalny. In particular, the director of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Russian president's internal policy department, Andrei Yarin, and others fell under the restrictions. They are banned from entering the territory of the European Union, and their financial assets in European banks are frozen. In addition, sanctions were imposed on the State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology.