No European Union member state has yet made proposals on the issue of possible sanctions against Russia over the situation with opposition activist Alexei Navalny, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel said Friday.
“At the moment, no European Union member state has made proposals, but discussions will continue at the Foreign Affairs Council in March,” the European diplomatic chief said at a news conference following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Borrel noted that during talks with Lavrov on Friday, the sides identified areas in which Moscow and Brussels can effectively cooperate, “despite disagreements on other issues – both in the international arena and bilaterally.”
Borrell is on an official visit to Moscow. This is the first visit by the head of European diplomacy to the Russian capital since 2017.
Navalny was detained at Sheremetyevo on January 17 on his return from Germany, where he was being treated after an alleged poisoning incident. He was taken to the police department in Khimki, the nearest large city to the airport, where the next day the Khimki City Court remanded Navalny in custody for 30 days in an off-site session. According to the FSIN, Navalny was detained for probation violations as a parolee in the Yves Rocher case and was declared wanted in Russia on December 29, 2020. On Tuesday, a court commuted Navalny’s probation to a real sentence in a case that dates back to 2014 over the embezzlement of funds from Yves Rocher.