The European Union move token also against Russia. The EU foreign ministers have endorsed this Monday unanimously the initiative of France and Germany to punish a series of russian individuals for the attempted poisoning of the opposition leader Alekséi Navalni through the nerve chemical agent Novichok. “There has been total acceptance by all member states. All have supported the proposal and now the Council will proceed to practical implementation,” explained the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, on the evidence provided by Paris and Berlin.
The next step will now be finalize and approve the list of the individuals who will be punished for their involvement in the assassination attempt on Navalni, who fell ill during a flight in Siberia on August 20. “We have not talked about people or sectors on which we are going to build them,” explained the head of Spanish diplomacy, Arancha González-Laya. “What I can say is that there have been unanimity around the table to understand that the ‘Navalni case’ is a serious case and that the use of a chemical agent is an act that puts at risk not only the person against whom it has been directed, but also Europe “, has valued the Spanish minister.
In addition to targeting Moscow, the Twenty-Seven have announced their intention to expand the sanctions list against Belarus and to act this time against its most responsible, the president Aleksandr Lukashenko, re-elected president on August 9 in a fraudulent electoral process denounced by the opposition and the European Union for not respecting the international standards set by the OSCE and which was followed by harsh repression by the Belarusian regime.
“The ministers have reconfirmed that it does not have any democratic legitimacy and have given the green light to the preparation of a new package of sanctions in which Lukashenko will be included,” confirmed Borrell, who has justified the decision to include the Belarusian president , in power since 1994, in the worsening political situation in the country despite the round of sanctions imposed on October 2 by the EU against 40 leaders of the Belarusian regime after Cyprus withdrew its veto on the decision.
“No Belarusian authority has shown a willingness to initiate a debate” and “they do not accept the OSCE’s mission,” the Spanish politician has complained about what he considers a “total lack” of interest by the Belarusian president to initiate contacts or approach a democratic solution. A diagnosis shared by the rest of the European ministers. “Nothing has improved in Belarus. The violence of the Lukashenko regime and the detention of peaceful protesters continues,” the German foreign minister warned. Heiko Maas.
Between the 40 Belarusian leaders who are currently prohibited from traveling or transit through Community territory, and whose potential assets in the EU are immobilized, are the Minister of the Interior, Yuri Karaev, as the head of the campaign of repression and intimidation exercised from his ministry, as well as his four vice ministers and senior officials of the militia and the Army. They also include heads of special units, the Department of Security and Protection, the Police, State security and the Central Electoral Commission.