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The European Union will sanction this Thursday to six people of Russian nationality linked to the poisoning of the opponent Alexei Navalny. The sanctions will also be extended to an entityd involved in the production of neurotoxic agent used against the politician. Those affected will not be able to travel to the EU and their assets within the Community borders will be frozen.

Following their meeting on Monday in Luxembourg, ministers of Foreign affairs Europeans agreed to sanctions Russian individuals and entities from the proposed proposal by France Y Germany.

The governments of the 27 must now confirm the agreement. Measures will be published this Thursday in the Official Journal of the European Union. Therefore, seven new names will be added to the list created in 2018 to sanction the use of chemical weaponss in Syria, where they were already four Names russians.

The measure to punish Russia came after the UN Chemical Weapons Control Agency confirmed that Navalni was poisoned by a nerve agent of the group Novichok, created in Soviet times with military purposes. In a joint statement released last Friday, the foreign ministers of France and Germany they regretted that Moscow did not present “a credible explanation“about what happened.

Irritation in the Kremlin

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, He called the Russian Foreign Minister on Tuesday Sergey Lavrov to inform you of the decision of the EU. But the Kremlin was irritated by this resolution and declared that will not tolerate the ‘unacceptable’ way in which Europe deals with case Naval. Lavrov regretted that only he made efforts to maintain the dialogue and said that Russia might freeze the contacts with the EU.

Strong critic of the Government of Vladimir Putin, Naval, 44, fell seriously ill on August 20 while traveling on a plane in Siberia, when he was Bell in favor of opponents for local and regional elections. After being treated for a few days in a Siberian hospital, he was transferred to a specialized center for Berlin and continues his convalescence in the German capital.

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