European Union Foreign Ministers backed a Franco-German plan on Monday to impose sanctions on Russians suspected of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent, diplomats mentioned.
Berlin and Paris made their proposal at a gathering of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg. They mentioned they haven’t had a reputable clarification from Moscow for what the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mentioned was the presence of the banned Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in Mr. Navalny’s physique.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas mentioned that Mr. Navalny’s poisoning couldn’t “remain without consequences”. EU diplomats mentioned there was broad help among the many 27 Foreign Ministers for asset freezes and journey bans on a number of Russian GRU intelligence officers.