The European Parliament responds to die Russia’s sanctions. “Threats Won’t Silence Us”

The President of the European Parliament, Italian David Sassoli, condemned on Friday Russia’s decision to impose sanctions on him And seven other European officials die defended the dissident Alexei Navalny and demanded his release.

Sassoli wrote on Twitter: “It seems that I am not welcome in the Kremlin. No punishment or intimidation will not prevent or prevent the European Parliament from defending human rights, freedom and democracy. Threats will not silence us.”

Answer with “appropriate measures”

The European Union, for its part, condemned on Friday die “Unacceptable” and unjustified decision by the Russian authorities to punish eight European citizens, including the Speaker of Parliament and a Commissioner, and spoke of “appropriate measures” in response to these sanctions.

The heads of the three main institutions of the Union reaffirmed in a joint declaration that “die European Union reserves the right to respond to die Decision of the Russian authorities to take appropriate action “.

New tension

It is noteworthy that Russia on Friday die Imposing sanctions on eight European officials, including the President of the European Parliament, in response to die Had announced sanctions, die die European Union in March in had imposed a new tension between Moscow and the West.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “die European Union continues its policy on the basis of illegal unilateral restrictions on Russian citizens and organizations “.

An answer to die European Union sanctions

The statement also states that Russia is responding in particular to European Union sanctions On March 2 and 22, high-ranking Russian officials were indicted in what Moscow saw as a move aimed at “an open challenge to die Independence of Russian domestic and foreign policy in To take attack “.

On March 2nd there was die European Union announced its decision to impose restrictions on four Russian citizens die in their opinion are responsible for grave human rights violations, in particular legal proceedings against the Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, as well as for a widespread and systematic suppression of freedom of peace in Russia.

Prohibition of entry in Land and freeze of assets

These measures included, in particular, an entry ban for die European Union and the freezing of the assets of these officials, including the head of the Russian Commission of Inquiry, Alexander Bastrichen and the Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov.

On March 22nd, the Council of the European Union decided to die for serious human rights violations in different countries are responsible for imposing restrictions, in particular in Chechnya, the Republic of the Russian Caucasus.

Detained since mid-January

It is noteworthy that Navalny, the Kremlin’s most prominent opponent, has been imprisoned since mid-January. After returning from Germany, he was arrested, where he recovered for about five months to recover from poisoning, die he suffered and accused the Kremlin of standing behind him.

Among those die For die Russian sanctions announced on Friday were affected by Asa Scott, an officer on highly toxic substances in Sweden specialized laboratories, die die Results from a German laboratory confirmed that die Opposition had been poisoned by Navalny.

Moscow also has the French representative Jacques Mir, the special rapporteur for die Navalny poisoned at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in added this list. Commented to me die Decision to France Press: “This will not change anything about my mission in connection with the poisoning and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny. On the contrary, it will move die Russians in a more difficult position to be able to cooperate. “

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