Russia expands the list of targets of countermeasures against some EU countries

  Xinhua News Agency, Moscow, December 22 (Reporter Leo) The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on the 22nd that the European Union had previously imposed sanctions on Russia regarding the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition figure Navaline. List of targets in the control measures.

  The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on the same day that the EU used the Navalny incident as an excuse to take illegal restrictive measures against Russian personnel. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable.

According to the principle of reciprocity, Russia has decided to expand the list of targets for countermeasures against certain EU countries. Those included in the sanctions list include those who participate in the promotion of sanctions against Russia within the EU. They are prohibited from entering Russia.

  The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement did not mention the specific targets of Russian sanctions.

  On October 15, the Council of the European Union issued a press announcement stating that in accordance with the previous decision of the EU foreign ministers’ meeting, from now on, restrictive measures will be imposed on six Russian officials and a research institution suspected of participating in the murder.

These restrictive measures include prohibiting relevant Russian personnel from traveling to the EU and freezing their assets.

  On November 12, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that Russia has decided to take reciprocal response measures against EU sanctions.

  The founder of the Russian Anti-Corruption Foundation, Navalny, felt extremely unwell while taking a domestic flight in Russia on August 20. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment and then sent to a hospital in Berlin, Germany.

The German government said on September 2 that Navalny had been infected with a "Novijok" type nerve agent.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on September 9 that Germany had made baseless accusations against Russia over the Navaline incident, and Russia strongly protested this.

Naryshkin, director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, stated on September 15 that when Navalny left Russia, there were no toxic substances in his body.