The US House of Representatives passed a resolution over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, calling on Washington to impose sanctions on Russia.

As the House’s website writes, 371 congressmen voted for the document; 18 MHRs voted down the resolution.

In the resolution, the congressmen condemned the poisoning of Navalny and called on US authorities to impose sanctions on those responsible for this.

To recap, on 15 October, the EU, and later the United Kingdom, announced personal sanctions on six senior Russian officials and the Russian State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology.

EU countries have demanded that Russia investigate the poisoning, but the Russian Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor General Office and police have refused to do so.

In response, Russia also imposed sanctions, but only on Germany and France, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated.

“Our sanctions will be a tit-for-tat response. They have already been adopted,” he said.

Lavrov criticised the German authorities’ position once again.

“Regarding Navalny, there are real reasons for a serious misunderstanding. And there are grounds to declare the actions of our German colleagues fully unacceptable and inconsistent with international obligations,” he stated.

Natalia Tolub

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