On October 15th, the European Council decided to sanction individuals in Russia in relation to the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny.
Germany claimed that he was poisoned with Novichok, despite all evidence pointing otherwise.
“The adopted restrictive measures consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for individuals, and an asset freeze for the entity,” the EU said in a statement.
The list includes two high level officials in the Presidential Executive Office, a director of the federal security service and two deputy ministers in the Russian defense ministry. The EU is also targeting the State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology.
The sanctioned individuals are the head of Russia’s security agency, FSB, Alexander Bortnikov and the chief of domestic policy in the Kremlin, a former prime minister, Sergei Kiriyenko.
Other names include deputy defence ministers Pavel Popova and Alexei Krivoryuchko, presidential envoy Sergei Menyailo and Kremlin official Andrei Yarin.
EU foreign ministers agreed on October 12th to impose the sanctions, following a push by France and Germany to freeze the assets of those suspected of involvement and ban them from traveling in Europe under sanctions to combat the use and spread of chemical weapons.
Earlier, MSM claim that tests conducted at labs designated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that Navalny was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. However that is untrue.
In fact, the OPCW’s designated laboratory deemed it inconclusive, and that an agent had been discovered which were “structurally similar” to Novichok, but not a sanctioned substance, and specifically not Novichok.
“The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team and shared with the Federal Republic of Germany confirm that the biomarkers of the cholinesterase inhibitor found in Mr Navalny’s blood and urine samples have similar structural characteristics as the toxic chemicals belonging to schedules 1.A.14 and 1.A.15 that were added to the Annex on Chemicals to the Convention during the Twenty-Fourth Session of the Conference of the States Parties in November 2019. This cholinesterase inhibitor is not listed in the Annex on Chemicals to the Convention.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview on October 14th that “the Germans are not planning to provide any facts, despite all international and legal obligations. We respond in kind. This is diplomatic practice.”
Just a day earlier, Lavrov suggested that Moscow might even sever ties.
“We probably simply have to temporarily stop talking to those people in the West who are responsible for foreign policy and don’t understand the need for mutually respectful dialogue,” he said.
Lavrov specifically pointed at European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s recent statements ruling out a partnership with Russia, saying that scenario will play out if that’s what the EU wants.
“Russia wants to understand whether it’s possible to do any business with the EU in the current conditions,” Lavrov said at a foreign policy conference attended by experts in Moscow.
On October 13th, in a phone call between EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Borrell insisted that the EU “wishes to maintain open channels of communication with Russia and to enhance cooperation on issues of mutual interest,” according to a statement from Borrell’s office.
Borrell also underlined that Moscow “must do its utmost to investigate this crime thoroughly in full transparency and to fully cooperate” with the OPCW, and that the EU “will continue to defend its interests and values, including respect for international law and fundamental rights.”
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