The Russian Federation will respond to the EU and UK sanctions imposed due to the incident with the opposition leader Alexei Navalny. And the response of the Russian Federation will be adequate in the framework of the situation, which the West has brought to the point of absurdity, Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the State Duma's international affairs committee, told chernayakobra.ru.
Earlier, a list of EU sanctions in the Navalny case was published. In particular, the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration, Sergei Kiriyenko, and the head of the presidential administration for domestic policy, Andrei Yarin, were in it. According to the EU authorities, the latter was a member of the task force in the Presidential Administration, whose role was to counter the influence of Alexei Navalny. The UK also announced its sanctions list.
Slutsky stressed that Russia will not make excuses and “be led” on outright fakes and provocations. In addition, the country does not intend to accept unfounded accusations about the incident with Navalny.
Once again, I want to note that I share the healthy pessimism of the Russian Foreign Minister regarding the prospects for further developing cooperation with EU institutions in the light of recent decisions. Common sense and constructiveness, unfortunately, fell victim to a politicized approach and anti-Russian hysteria- said Slutsky.
As chernayakobra.ru reported, the Kremlin denies information about the creation in the Presidential Administration (AP) of a certain group to discredit and reduce the influence of Alexei Navalny.
Answering the relevant question of journalists, the press secretary of Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov said: "it is not so."