Oct 15, 2020
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Maas called the criterion for selecting Russians for the “black list” for Navalny

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that those who fell under the sanctions in the case of Alexei Navalny "can be considered as responsible" for what happened to him.

Our actions target individuals and institutions who can be considered responsible for this crime. By doing so, we Europeans are sending a strong signal of cohesion to Moscow.- he said at a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart in Berlin.

The European Union has imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and one research institute. "Black list" published, the profile of each official explains what exactly his "fault" is.

Brussels said the poisoning became possible "only with the consent of the presidential administration" and with the participation of the Russian FSB. As arguments, they cited the following: under the Presidential Administration (AP), according to the EU, a working group was created that “opposes Navalny's influence in Russian society” (the Kremlin denies this); Navalny himself was persecuted by the authorities for political reasons; The FSB monitored the opposition leader during his trip to Siberia; poison from the Novichok group is available only to Russian government agencies, wrote.


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