Moscow ‘disenchanted’ with Brussels ‘urgent dysfunctional sanctions button’ as EU prepares new blacklist over Navalny’s jailing

    Russia has expressed “disappointment” with the EU plan to slap new sanctions on Moscow over the imprisonment of activist blogger Alexey Navalny, with the overseas ministry calling the transfer political and unrelated to human rights.

</p><div><p>The EU has <em>“missed one more alternative to evaluation its … strategy to relations with Russia”</em> that's presently based mostly on <em>“sanctions and strain,”</em> Russia’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs stated, in an announcement following a summit of the bloc’s overseas ministers.

“Brussels as soon as once more instinctively presses the dysfunctional sanctions button,” the assertion lamented.


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Earlier on Monday, the EU’s prime diplomats agreed to impose extra sanctions on Russia over the jailing of the opposition determine. The transfer was confirmed by the German overseas minister, Heiko Maas, who stated that the bloc had “determined at present to impose additional sanctions and listing particular individuals.” He additionally admitted, although, that EU relations with Russia “are actually at a low.”

But, Brussels’ listing of targets is outwardly but to be decided. To date, the EU diplomatic chief, Josep Borrel, was tasked with compiling such a listing, which, in accordance with Maas, can be agreed inside days.

This line of motion specifically drew criticism from Moscow, which stated the transfer “defies logic” and added that it’s primarily political in nature, for the reason that EU first takes a call to impose sanctions after which “plans to randomly choose their targets.”

The entire scenario solely exhibits that the EU is guided by political components and “not its pompously professed dedication to human rights,” the Russian ministry stated, because it, in flip, branded the EU transfer as “interference within the inside affairs of a sovereign state.” It additionally known as calls for for Navalny’s launch “illegitimate” and “absurd” since he was jailed for financial crimes “in full accordance with Russian legislation.”


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Navalny’s imprisonment was associated to his earlier sentence in a 2014 case when he was discovered responsible of embezzling 30 million rubles ($400,000) from two corporations, together with the French cosmetics model Yves Rocher. At the moment, he received a suspended sentence, the phrases of which he later breached, in accordance with the most recent courtroom choice. Thus, his suspended sentence was transformed into an actual one.

Navalny himself claimed his case and penalty have been politically motivated. The European Courtroom of Human Rights (ECHR) then dominated in his favor earlier in February and demanded his speedy launch. Moscow rejected this ruling, clarify that it amounted to “interference.”

In the meantime, a bunch of “specialists, politicians, public figures, human rights activists and members of the Russian opposition” despatched an open letter to EU Fee head Ursula von der Leyen and the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, urging them to deal with the Navalny matter with “the utmost precedence.”

The letter’s principally European, Canadian and US signatories known as on EU authorities to impose sanctions on Russian officers and towards Moscow’s “strategic tasks” just like the Nord Stream 2 fuel pipeline to Europe.


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The letter was additionally signed by a couple of outspoken Russian opponents of the Kremlin. The listing included self-exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky; historian and opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, who completely resides within the US; and controversial historian Andrey Zubov, who as soon as in contrast Crimea’s reunification with Russia to Austria’s annexation by Nazis. Lilia Shevtsova, a Russian historian and political scientist who labored in lots of American and UK universities, and Kostantin Eggert, the previous BBC Russian Service Moscow bureau editor-in-chief, have been among the many signatories as nicely. Two extra names on the listing are these of Natalia Pushkareva, a Russian-born tax specialist who has labored for numerous European organizations, and Natalia Arno, the top of a US-based NGO “informing” American policymakers about Russia.

Moscow, in flip, famous that the usage of “illegitimate devices” by the EU, resembling sanctions and ultimatums, “is regrettable.”

“Vying for a task of an impartial pole on the international state, the EU … has downright forgotten that it may turn out to be actuality provided that it treats its companions with respect, refrains from interfering within the inside affairs [of other nations] and strictly follows the norms of worldwide legislation,” it stated.


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