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EU imposes sanctions on Russian officials for Navalny poisoning

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EU imposes sanctions on Russian officials for Navalny poisoning

Alexey Navalny - Photo Evgeny Feldman

(LUXEMBOURG) - The EU imposed sanctions Thursday against six Russian officials involved in the assassination attempt on Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, poisoned in Russia with a Novichok toxic nerve agent.

The decision follows a political agreement reached by the EU foreign affairs ministers on 12 October.

The adopted restrictive measures consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for individuals, and an asset freeze for the entity. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed.

The designation of the six persons and one entity linked to the Navalny case took place in the framework of the restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.

This is the same legal instrument used to sanction those responsible for the possession, transport and use of a toxic nerve agent in the Skripals' case in Salisbury in March 2018. With the new designations, there are 15 persons and 2 entities listed under the chemical weapons sanctions regime.

The legal acts, including the names of the persons concerned, are available in the EU's Official Journal.

Official Journal of the European Union, 15 October 2020

Foreign Affairs Council, 12 October 2020 - Main results


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