Josep Borell, Head of Diplomacy of the European Union -
Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / AP / SIPA
The 27 decided to punish.
The European Union's foreign ministers agreed on Monday in Luxembourg to sanction Russia for the poisoning of the opponent Alexeï Navalny.
A political agreement has been reached to launch the finalization work on the basis of the proposals from France and Germany.
“The idea is to go fast,” explained a diplomat.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that Alexey Navalny was indeed poisoned by a nerve agent of the Novichok group, a substance designed by Soviet specialists for military purposes.
Sanctions for the use of chemical weapons
France and Germany have proposed to their partners to agree to register several people and a Russian company where the Novichok is manufactured, the use of which is prohibited, on the European list of sanctions created for the use of weapons. chemical.
This list already includes 8 names and a research center in Syria.
European sanctions provide for a visa ban and the freezing of assets in the EU, as well as the ban on receiving European funding.
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