BRUSSELS, 22 Feb – RIA Novosti. EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell believes that the results of his visit to Moscow contributed to the rallying of member states and led to unanimous approval of the expansion of sanctions against the Russian Federation following the arrest of Alexei Navalny.
“The reaction of Russia really contributed to the unity of the member states. Perhaps without what happened in Moscow, there would not have been a unanimous decision on sanctions in connection with the Navalny case. The behavior of the Russian Federation has shown all Europeans: both those who doubted and those who were We are convinced that today in relations with Russia we are in a state of confrontation because Russia wants it. It was necessary to use means to show that we not only condemn in words (as I did in Russia), but also take measures Including, for the first time, we are using the sanctions regime for human rights violations that we have developed, “Borrell said, answering the question of how the outcome of his visit to Moscow influenced the consent of all European ministers to launch the procedure of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Borrell added that “this is the first time this (expansion of sanctions) is taking place at the suggestion of the high representative (EU foreign policy).”
The meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers took place just over two weeks after the sensational visit to Moscow on February 4-6 of the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union Josep Borrell. As a result, Borrell announced possible sanctions against the Russian Federation for the arrest of Navalny. Later, the official representative of the EU's foreign policy service, Peter Stano, told RIA Novosti that the process of preparing new sanctions is underway, it is confidential. The EU also noted that in this situation, the new global regime of EU sanctions for gross violations of human rights could be used.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned Brussels against introducing new sanctions against Russia and noted that a proportionate response would follow.