A summit of EU leaders will be held in late May. There will be considered options for appropriate measures against Russia. The Secretary of State at the French Foreign Ministry Clément Beaune said this on May 4 during a speech at the National Assembly, as political and parliamentary news channel LCP reported on Twitter.
"At the EU summit, which will be attended by President Macron in late May, we will advocate the need to adhere to this firm line and consider all possible options," Beaune said.
"La Russie a répondu de manière disproportionnée", considère @CBeaune. "Cela intervient aussi dans le contexte de l'affaire #Navalny, de l'emprisonnement dont la France a réitéré à plusieurs reprises le caractère inacceptable". #DirectAN #QAG pic.twitter.com/ZogyfV302g— LCP (@LCP) May 4, 2021
In his opinion, Russia's response to European sanctions was disproportionate. He also reminded that France had repeatedly stated that the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was unacceptable.
Earlier, EU summoned Russian ambassador over sanctions against European officials. Russia on Friday banned European Parliament President David Sassoli, European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová and six other European officials from entering the country in retaliation for EU sanctions on Russians.
Earlier, Sweden summoned Russia's ambassador to Stockholm, denouncing Moscow for sanctioning European Union officials including a Swedish researcher.