TOPNEWS: EU Discusses New Sanctions Against Russia

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TOPNEWS: EU Discusses New Sanctions Against Russia

The European Union is discussing the expansion of the sanctions list for human rights violations, including persons from China, Russia and other countries, EUobserver reported on March 11.

“About ten officials from China, Russia, North Korea, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan should be included in the EU sanctions list for serious violations of human rights in the world. A preliminary agreement was reached at a meeting of the permanent representatives of the EU countries in Brussels on Thursday evening, ”the statement says.
The sanctions include a ban on entry into the EU and an asset freeze on the territory of the Union. The list is expected to be approved at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on March 22.

On March 2, the European Union imposed sanctions for the first time under the new global regime for human rights violations against four Russian citizens for the arrest of Alexei Navalny. The sanctions list includes the chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin, director of the Russian Guard Viktor Zolotov, Prosecutor General of Russia Igor Krasnov, and head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov.

The new sanctions regime provides for restrictive measures for violation of fundamental freedoms and human rights, including freedom of conscience, the right to peaceful assembly, as well as for genocide, torture, human trafficking, and sexual violence. It includes the freezing of assets and economic resources in the EU belonging to individuals and organizations responsible for serious violations of human rights. EU states should take the necessary measures to prevent the entry or transit through their territory of individuals on the sanctions list.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry called the EU sanctions in connection with the Navalny case “a dead-end and illegal way” and promised to respond to them. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin is confident that the policy of sanctions against the Russian Federation is not achieving its goal.