EU foreign ministers will discuss the possibility of imposing new sanctions against Russia on Monday, January 25, said Peter Stano, spokesman for the EU External Action Service, at a briefing. The video is published on the official resource of the European Commission.
Stano recalled that the decision to impose sanctions is always taken only in case of unanimous support by all member states of the association. According to him, discussion of the issue is expected at a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, which will take place on January 25. “Thus, after the meeting on Monday, we will know whether the member states want to choose the path of sanctions or consider some other measures,” Stano added.
Earlier, it became known that the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, discussed the situation around the arrest of Alexei Navalny with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to a statement from the EU Council, Michel expressed the EU’s serious concern over the recent events and called for full and unconditional respect for Navalny’s rights, TASS writes.
Navalny’s detention at the Sheremetyevo airport became known on Sunday, January 17. This happened on the basis of the decision of the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Moscow, according to which the opposition activist was wanted for systematic violations of the terms of probation. On January 18, he was arrested for 30 days.
Before his arrest, he was in Berlin, where he was taken on August 22, 2020. Two days earlier, during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow, Navalny had felt unwell and the plane was grounded in Omsk.