In response to the EU sanctions, adopted in connection with the incident with the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, the Russian Federation will take mirror measures. This statement was made by the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the EU Vladimir Chizhov.
Earlier it became known that the European Union included in the black list the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov, the first deputy head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation Sergei Kirienko and four other high-ranking Russian officials. The list also includes the State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT).
Chizhov stressed that the response to personal sanctions would be the same - that is, personal. According to him, in the current situation it would be logical to assume that retaliatory measures could affect Russia's relations with Germany and France, because the governments of these countries are behind the anti-Russian sanctions.
Everything went so quickly because this process had exactly such initiators. If these were other EU members, the process could take a completely different amount of time, - quotes Chizhova RIA Novosti.
The Russian opposition leader lost consciousness on board the Tomsk-Moscow plane on August 20. Two days later, Navalny was transferred to Berlin for treatment. Bundeswehr toxicologists have revealed that he was poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group. Their conclusions were confirmed by laboratories in France and Sweden, and later in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The international community demanded that Russia investigate the incident. Moscow, in turn, demands to provide relevant evidence, since while the oppositionist was on the territory of the Russian Federation, no toxic substances were found in his body. On October 7, Berlin said that since Russia does not provide any clarification on the case of Navalny's poisoning, targeted sanctions against those responsible for this in Russia will be inevitable.
As chernayakobra.ru wrote, the US authorities welcomed the decision of the European Union to impose sanctions in connection with the incident with the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said the head of the press service of the US State Department Morgan Ortegus.
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