Brussels, October 15
The European Union (EU) and Britain imposed sanctions on top Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin on Thursday in an unexpectedly robust and swift response to the August poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Pushed by France and Germany, where Navalny was treated after collapsing on a flight from Siberia, the EU and Britain targeted six Russians and a state scientific research centre accused of deploying a banned nerve agent designed for military use against the 44-year-old opposition politician.
“We remain committed to the fight against chemical weapons,” French President Emmanuel Macron said while talking to mediapersons. The Kremlin condemned the sanctions and promised retaliation. — Reuters