The European Union is getting ready to impose financial sanctions on six Russian high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defense, the Federal Security Service (FSB), and Vladimir Putin's administration for the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The US edition of The New York Times was able to get access to the sanctions list, Yevropeiska Pravda reported.
It is believed that persons have been directly acquainted with information about the poisoning or have been involved in the planning process. This was stated by three EU officials on the condition of anonymity.
The sanctions are likely to cover FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, First Deputy Chief of Staff Sergei Kiriyenko, Russian Interior Minister Andrei Yarin, Russian President's Plenipotentiary Representative in the Siberian Federal District Sergei Menyailo, and two Deputy Defense Ministers - Alexei Kryvoruchko and Pavel Popov.
As we reported earlier, 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.
Navalny believes that the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin is personally involved in it.