In response to the European Union’s “unacceptable” sanctions over the poisoning of opposition chief Alexei Navalny, Russia introduced on Tuesday it’s increasing the listing of EU officers banned from getting into the nation.
“The Russian aspect, appearing on the idea of reciprocity, has determined to develop the listing of representatives of EU Member States and establishments who will likely be denied entry to the Russian Federation,” the Russian International Ministry mentioned in a press release.
Though the names of the EU officers weren’t disclosed, the Russian MFA mentioned that the sanctions listing contains “those that are liable for selling anti-Russian sanctions initiatives” within the 27-member bloc. In accordance with the TASS information company, the Russian MFA summoned senior diplomats from the German, Swedish and French embassies earlier than saying the brand new journey bans.
Russia’s transfer got here a day after the Kremlin critic launched a video exhibiting him tricking a Russian undercover agent into disclosing particulars of the botched plot to kill him and had been advised that poison had been positioned in his underpants. The nation’s Federal Safety Service (FSB) responded that “the video clip with the cellphone name is faux”, in accordance with reviews by Russian state media, whereas it additionally referred to as Navalny’s investigation into his alleged poisoning a “deliberate provocation”.
In October, the EU27 bloc imposed sanctions on six Russian officers and a state analysis institute over the poisoning of the Kremlin critic with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. Whereas German authorities assist there may be “unequivocal” proof he was poisoned, citing checks carried out in labs in Germany, France and Sweden, Moscow mentioned it has but to see proof of a criminal offense and refused to open a prison investigation.
Final week, the Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Russia was concerned within the poisoning of opposition chief Alexei Navalny, citing that the Kremlin critic is “having fun with the assist of the US particular providers” and that if Russia’s particular providers had wished to kill him, they might have “completed” the job.