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Navalny case: Putin has Biden warned - “Don't play with fire” - EU now also in the middle of a conflict?

2021-03-03T11:14:13.529Z

The US is harshly sanctioning Russia in the Navalny case. Putin and the Kremlin answer clearly and announce a "policy of reciprocity".



The US is harshly sanctioning Russia in the Navalny case.

Putin and the Kremlin answer clearly and announce a "policy of reciprocity".

Update from February 3, 11:25 a.m.:

Russia touched on the sanctions imposed by the USA.

The White House had, among other things, punished the head of the Russian secret service and close associates of Vladimir Putin, quoted the

AFP

news

agency

from the US sanctions list published on Tuesday.

The Kremlin is now declaring this an "anti-Russian attack".

The USA lacks “logic and meaning” in its politics.

Joe Biden's first push against the Russian government is much tougher compared to the previous approach of the Trump administration.

"Not to play with fire," Putin immediately warned the new US president.

"The absurdity triumphs," reads the Russian Foreign Ministry's letter.

It describes the Navalny case simply as "an excuse to interfere in Russia's internal affairs".

The dispute is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.

Because Russia continues to announce that it will act “on the basis of the principle of reciprocity”.

The EU also announced on Monday sanctions against the four members of the Russian government who are involved in the persecution of Navalny and his supporters.

Navalny case: USA and EU take coordinated action against Russia - Moscow reacts to sanctions

First report from February 2, 3:48 p.m.:

Washington, DC - Because of the controversial imprisonment of the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny *, the US is imposing sanctions on Russia.

This was announced by government officials in Washington on Tuesday.

Accordingly, several high-ranking state officials are affected.

The punitive measures are based on the sanctions that were recently initiated by the EU.

It is the first American sanctions in this case since the new US President Joe Biden * took office.

His predecessor Donald Trump * had refrained from punitive measures against Moscow in the Navalny case.

The US sanctions came on Tuesday in coordinated action with the EU.

Moscow reacted critically and declared that the West's action would be ineffective.

Because of the poison attack on Navalny on August 20, 2020 *, the EU had already imposed entry and property bans on people suspected of being responsible in the vicinity of President Vladimir Putin * last year.

Russia then reciprocated by banning senior officials from entering the country, but did not disclose the names.

Alexej Navalny: Further EU sanctions against Russia - US sanctions will follow shortly thereafter

On Tuesday afternoon, shortly before the USA, the EU announced further punitive measures against high-ranking Russian state officials.

The Russian attorney general Igor Krasnow and the head of the central investigation committee, Alexander Bastrykin, are affected.

In addition, the sanctions are directed against the head of the prison service, Alexander Kalashnikov, and the commander of the National Guard, Viktor Solotov.

According to the AFP, according to a US government official, sanctions are being imposed on "seven high-ranking Russian government officials".

In addition, export restrictions against Russia are to be enacted.

Details should be announced later.

Representatives of the US government initially did not reveal the names of those affected by their sanctions on Tuesday.

However, they emphasized that the punitive measures essentially mirrored those of the Europeans.

The next steps will also be coordinated closely with the European allies.

It is a matter of holding Russia accountable for the attack on Navalny and for his imprisonment.

The government representatives emphasized that the Biden administration was generally taking a different course vis-à-vis Moscow.

Notwithstanding international demands for his release, a Russian court upheld Navalny’s sentence on 20 February to several years in prison.

According to calculations by his lawyers, he could be released in around two and a half years in the summer of 2023.

The Russian judiciary is accusing Navalny of a probation violation in a previous criminal case while he was recovering from the poison attack * in Germany.

The judgment is criticized in the West as politically motivated.

Alexej Navalny is now said to be in the penal camp - Russia is responding to sanctions

The 44-year-old is said to have been transferred to the Pokrov penal colony around 100 kilometers east of Moscow in the Vladimir region.

However, there has not yet been any official confirmation.

The Russian government dismissed the EU and US sanctions on Tuesday as ineffective.

It is time to think about whether this policy is effective, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov of the Interfax agency in Moscow.

"The answer is obvious: This policy is not achieving its goals." Russia repeatedly emphasizes that it will not be impressed by the sanctions imposed by the EU and the USA in the wake of numerous conflicts.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced counter-sanctions.

(dpa / AFP) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

Source: merkur

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