The resolution of the European Parliament with the call to increase sanctions against Russia due to the poisoning of politician Alexey Navalny gathered support of the majority of MEPs. They gathered for a plenary session in Brussels on September 17, Deutsche Welle reports.
532 MPs upheld the document, 84 voted against it, and 72 abstained.
The resolution stipulates following steps:
- an urgent launch of the international investigation of Navalny's poisoning, involving the EU, UN, the Council of Europe and the OPCW (Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons);
- a call to the Russian government to cooperate with the OPCW to provide a due investigation and to see to it that those behind the attack on Navalny are brought to responsibility;
- the construction of Nord Stream II pipeline must be stopped;
- the EU must approve the sanctions list against Russia as soon as possible;
- the sanction mechanism should let the EU find and freeze corrupted individuals' assets on the EU territory, as long as these persons were busted in the investigations coducted by Navalny's Foundation of Combating Corruption.
The European Parliament urges foreign ministers of EU member countries to "take the active stance on these matters" during their upcoming meeting on September 21.
The resolution also says that the Novichok nerve agent is a "chemical weapon that only can be developed at the military labs run by the government, and it cannot be bought by civilians; if that actually happened, then Russia breached its international commitments".