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EU to plan sanctions against Russia over jailing of Kremlin critic

25 February 2021 1:10 PM
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The European Union (EU) is expected to sanction the Russian authorities responsible for the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Some senior officials in Russia's judiciary could face EU sanctions in the coming days, according to German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).

DW correspondent Helen Seeney says the EU has agreed to impose sanctions on some Russian leaders over the jailing of the country's opposition leader and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny.

Diplomatic relations between Russia and the EU are said to be at an all-time low, Seeney tells CapeTalk.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has already threatened to cut ties with the EU in the event of sanctions.

Helen Seeney, Producer of Deutsche Welle’s Inside Europe programme

The measures are likely to be directed against four high-ranking Russian officials, including the prosecutor-general and the director of Russia's federal investigative committee. But none of those listed are in President Putin's inner circle, which would presumably have had the most impact on the Kremlin.

Helen Seeney, Producer of Deutsche Welle’s Inside Europe programme

The EU has given the green light to sanctions. But the block has yet to specify the targets.

Helen Seeney, Producer of Deutsche Welle’s Inside Europe programme

The relations between the EU and Russia haven't been this bad - according to some analysts - since the end of the cod war.

Helen Seeney, Producer of Deutsche Welle’s Inside Europe programme

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25 February 2021 1:10 PM
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Helen Seeney

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