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EU agrees to impose sanctions on Russia officials over Navalny attack

Navalny, an anti-corruption investigator and major political opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on August 20 during a domestic flight in Russia

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Alexei Navalny | Russia | European Union

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On Monday, the hospital said he had been removed from mechanical ventilation and was able to leave his bed for short periods of time
Last week, tests conducted at labs designated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that Navalny was the victim of a Novichok nerve agent.

foreign ministers agreed on Monday to impose sanctions on Russian officials and organisations blamed for the poisoning of opposition leader with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

At a meeting in Luxembourg, France and Germany urged their EU partners to freeze the assets of those suspected of involvement and ban them from traveling in Europe under sanctions to combat the use and spread of chemical weapons.

"It was a complete acceptance by all member states," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters after the talks. "Everybody was supporting this proposal.

Borrell provided no details about who might face sanctions or when the measures might come into force, but said that technical work on preparing the action will now proceed.

Navalny, an anti-corruption investigator and major political opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on August 20 during a domestic flight in He was flown to Germany for treatment two days later and is still recovering there.

Last week, tests conducted at labs designated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that Navalny was the victim of a Novichok nerve agent.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that given the OPCW's findings, it is now "objectively clear that this is a breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention, one that cannot remain without consequences."

In a statement on Friday, France and Germany said that despite repeated calls has provided "no credible explanation for what happened and that there is no other plausible explanation for Mr Navalny's poisoning than a Russian involvement and responsibility."


They said they would push for EU sanctions to "target individuals deemed responsible for this crime and breach of norms, based on their official function, as well as an entity involved in the Novichok program."

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said Monday that it's important to persuade Moscow to fully cooperate in any investigation of the poisoning.

"The law has been broken by producing a substance like Novichok and the law has been broken by using it on Russian territory," he said.

In parallel, the EU agreed on Monday to extend until October 16, 2021, the system allowing the 27-nation bloc to impose sanctions on people and organizations involved in the development and use of chemical weapons.

Nine people are already on this list four accused of involvement in the Novichok attack in Salisbury, England, two years ago and five linked to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons. One organization Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center is also subject to sanctions.

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First Published: Mon, October 12 2020. 22:50 IST
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