MOSCOW, 18 Feb – RIA Novosti. Representatives of the EU countries can agree on the introduction of sanctions against Russia because of the situation with Alexei Navalny, writes Bloomberg, citing diplomatic sources.
According to the agency, the restrictions will most likely not affect large Russian entrepreneurs, since Europe “fears to burn all bridges with Moscow,” but a number of officials and organizations may become their target.
For the sanctions to come into force, this measure must be approved by all 27 countries of the European Union. Now, as the agency notes, the idea enjoys “broad support” in the EU. In particular, Poland, Sweden and some Baltic countries are in favor of tightening.
Earlier in Brussels, they said they could introduce new anti-Russian sanctions. This happened after a visit to Moscow by Josep Borrell, in whose opinion Russia “did not live up to expectations” and “did not become a modern democracy.” The reason for the increase in tension, among others, was called the replacement of the suspended sentence by the real Alexei Navalny.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Moscow is ready to break off relations if the European Union imposes sanctions that create risks for the country's economy. European partners were also advised not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and to deal with their own problems.