The statement of the Foreign Ministries of France and Germany states about their commitment not to tolerate the use of nerve agent in ‘horrible attempt of murder’ committed in the territory of Russia against oppositionist.
According to Le Monde, nine names from the administration of the Russian president and security apparatus are included in the list for consideration. Moreover, the State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology is also included in the blacklist as it considered to be the place of development of the Novichok nerve agent.
Paris and Berlin promised to pass the offers on extra sanctions against Moscow to the European partners.
“These offers will aim against people whom we consider being responsible for this crime and it is the violation of the international standards due to their official functions and persons who participate in Novichok program,” the statement says.
The list of people who might face sanctions will be discussed at the Council of Europe on Foreign Relations in Brussels on October 12.
Earlier, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated that the sanctions could be imposed on the Russian government if it fails to clarify the circumstances surrounding the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny in the next few days.
On August 20, Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was urgently hospitalized during his return to Moscow from Tomsk. He felt bad during the flight and the plane was urgently landed in Omsk. Alexei Navalny was put on a ventilator. Later, the doctors reported that Navalny was not poisoned. The head physician claimed that his metabolism has been impaired.
On September 2, a special laboratory of the Bundeswehr has conducted a toxicological test using samples from Alexei Navalny and came to the conclusion that the Russian politician was poisoned with a substance of neuro-paralytic agent from the Novichok group.
On September 23, Navalny was discharged from the hospital of the German Charité clinic.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny claimed that President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin is personally involved in his recent poisoning.