RIGA, 19 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Latvian Sejm Commission for European Affairs approved the position of the republic, which provides for support for the introduction of new EU sanctions against Russia, especially against those who are involved in the persecution of Alexei Navalny and other oppositionists, the head of the commission Andra Terauda told reporters.
In Latvia, which is a parliamentary republic, the legislature has the power to approve sanctions.
“The existing sanctions in Europe against Russia should be expanded. The most appropriate would be the introduction of new global sanctions against those responsible for persecuting Navalny and other activists,” Terauda said.
The European Union is preparing in March to impose new sanctions against the Russian authorities due to a lawsuit that resulted in a suspended sentence for opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
The EU may freeze the bank accounts of a number of individuals, as well as prohibit them from entering the territory of the European Union.
Upon his return from Moscow, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, wrote in his blog that the EU countries will consider expanding sanctions against Russia in connection with the human rights situation. This issue will be discussed at the forthcoming Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union on February 22. At the same time, Borrell pointed out that restrictive measures can be taken within the framework of the new regime of global sanctions of the European Union for violation of human rights, which was approved at the end of last year and has never been applied.
The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier advised foreign politicians commenting on the situation with Navalny to respect international law and deal with the problems of their countries, noting that statements by Western politicians on this topic are “like a blueprint.” The Kremlin stated that it did not intend to listen to statements from abroad about Navalny.
On February 2, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow ruled to cancel Navalny's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case and replace him with 3.5 years in a general regime colony due to numerous violations of the conditions of the probationary period.