Ukraine and six more countries joined the EU sanctions, which Brussels imposed against Russian officials in early March. These restrictions have to do with imprisonment of Russia's top opposition figure Alexei Navalny. This is mentioned in the decelaration of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrel. Yevropeiska Pravda reported that on March 30.
'Candidate states [aspiring to get the EU membership] - North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania, as well as countries of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), as well as Ukraine join this decision of the EU Council [about sanctions]', says the declaration.
The mentioned countries are supposed to bring their national policy in line with the EU sanctions policy. "The EU takes this commitment into consideration and welcomes it", Borrel added.
The sanctions list includes Aleksandr Bastrykin (head of Russia's Investigation Committee), Igor Krasnov (Prosecutor General), Viktor Zolotov (chief of Russia's National Guard), and Aleksandr Kalashnikov (head of Russian Federal Pentinentiary Service). They are banned from entering EU member countries or keep their financial assets in the banks of EU member countries.
The restrictions took effect earlier this month, as part of EU sanctions mechanism regarding violations of human rights.