European Union slaps sanctions on Russian Federation over Navalny case

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Russia's worldwide minister warned Tuesday that Moscow might droop its connections with the European Union in response to the sanctions inside the avoidance of Russian resistance chief Alexei Navalny - an unparalleled hazard which displays a bitter Russia-EU pressure.

The EU sanctions also said Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the FSB intelligence service, is responsible for "providing support" to those who poisoned Navalny.

He was taken to Berlin for treatment where it was determined he had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

Mr Raab said the sanctions were also being extended to cover Russia's State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology.

Britain said it would also enforce the sanctions, despite having left the bloc, while Russian Federation warned the measures would further damage already fraught relations with the EU.

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"I believe it is of paramount importance in the light of such a serious crime - a violation of global law and the chemical weapons convention - that the European Union shows unity, and it has done so today", he said.

Navalny, a corruption investigator and longtime foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is in Germany recovering from what German authorities said was a nerve agent poisoning.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the EU's move "a deliberate unfriendly step" and said the bloc had "inflicted damage" on its relations with Russian Federation.

Last week, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that the Soviet-developed nerve agent Novichok - a banned warfare agent - was used in the attack.

Russian officials have repeatedly denied any involvement in the poisoning, and the Russian doctors who first examined Navalny insist that there were no signs of poisoning.

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Navalny, an anti-corruption investigator in addition to additionally essentially the most seen opponent of President Vladimir Putin, fell sick on August 20 throughout a nationwide journey in Russian Federation. The conclusion accorded with previous findings of other labs in Germany and elsewhere.

European Union diplomatic chief Josep Borrell pressed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the Navalny case during phone talks on Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview on Wednesday that the Germans are not planning to provide any facts, despite all global and legal obligations.

"We will answer in kind". On Tuesday, Mr. Lavrov suggested that Moscow might even sever ties. "This is diplomatic practice". Lavrov on Tuesday said Russian Federation might freeze its contacts with the 27-nation bloc, as officials there "don't understand the need for mutually respectful dialogue". High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell had acknowledged the importance of such cooperation.

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