German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not rule out new sanctions against Russia, including sanctions against individuals. Reuters quoted her as saying.
“In connection with the events in Russia, we have already stated that we reserve the right to continue sanctions, especially against individuals,” Merkel said at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. At the same time, she stressed that the German government will not change its position on the construction of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline yet.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of three diplomats from Germany, Poland, and Sweden for participating in unauthorized rallies in support of Alexei Navalny (the founder of FBK, which the Ministry of Justice included in the register of organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent). According to EUobserver, the Russian side decided to expel the diplomats at a joint press conference with EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
On February 2, the Moscow Simonovsky Court sentenced Alexei Navalny to 3.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony. However, he will spend two years and eight months in custody – a year of house arrest, under which he was held during the preliminary investigation into the “Yves Rocher” case, was added to his sentence.