Russia has developed a package of appropriate sanctions on measures imposed by the European Union against the Kremlin in connection with the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov informed about this. “Our sanctions will be a tit-for-tat response. They have already been adopted,” he said.

Lavrov criticised the German authorities’ position once again. “As for Navalny, there are really reasons for a serious misunderstanding. And there are grounds to declare the actions of our German colleagues absolutely unacceptable and inconsistent with international obligations,” he stated.

Russia’s mirror-image sanctions will not affect all EU countries, but only officials from Germany and France, because, as Lavrov said, they acted as a “sanctions driver.”

The official declared that Alexei Navalny could have been poisoned in Germany or on the way there from Russia.

“We have every reason to believe that everything that happened to him regarding the penetration of poisonous substances into his body might have happened in Germany or in the plane where he was loaded and taken to the Charité clinic,” Lavrov said.

Natalia Tolub

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