European ministers agree to expand anti-Russian sanctions

European ministers agree to expand anti-Russian sanctions

During the summit in Brussels, the foreign ministers of the EU countries agreed on the expansion of personal restrictions against the citizens of the Russian Federation due to the situation with Alexei Navalny, Reuters reports citing diplomatic sources.

According to them, specific names were not discussed today. Nevertheless, the sources emphasize, the sanctions list "will not be long in coming."

It is preliminary stated that the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, director of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov, Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov and Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov, may be blacklisted, RIA Novosti informs.

Recall that two weeks ago, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security of the European Union, Josep Borrell, following a visit to Moscow, announced new sanctions. These intentions were confirmed by the Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas promised to support the restrictions.

Bloomberg's sources reported that sanctions would not be imposed against influential Russian business people, as demanded by a number of MEPs, only those who, according to the EU, are directly linked with Navalny’s arrest, will be punished. The new sanctions list is expected to be approved at the EU summit on March 25-26.