Status: 08/21/2021 00:57
In the case of the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Navalny a year ago, the United States and Great Britain are making further decisions: both countries have imposed further sanctions on Russian intelligence agents.
One year after the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the United States has imposed further sanctions on several FSB employees of the Russian intelligence service.
In total, the penal proceedings affected eight FSP agents, as well as two individuals and several companies belonging to the Russian Secret Service and Scientific Instruments.
The attack was part of a “current campaign”
“Navalny’s poison is a shocking violation of international chemical weapons regulations and part of a campaign to quell dissent in Russia,” said Treasury Director Andrea Kaki. The U.S. State Department says there are no penalties for using chemical weapons.
Travel restrictions and frozen accounts
Great Britain has ordered further punitive action against seven Russian secret service personnel. The agents involved will be banned from traveling, and any assets in the United States and Great Britain will be frozen. The British Foreign Office said the men were “directly responsible” for “planning or carrying out the attack on Navalny.”
Like the United States, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb clearly condemned the use of chemical weapons by the “Russian state” in violation of international law. Rob again called for an “open inquiry” into the attack on Navalny.
The British government imposed initial sanctions last October in retaliation for a poisonous attack on a Kremlin critic. In March of this year, the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on several Russian officials, including FSB President Alexander Portnikov and close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia insists on evidence for the allegations
Russia has responded with harsh criticism to the renewed sentencing measures. Russian Foreign Office spokeswoman Maria Sakharova stressed that the United States and Great Britain had repeatedly asked her government to provide evidence for their allegations. Western nations have “ignored” this.
Navalny collapsed on a flight from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow on August 20 last year and then fainted. He was brought to the Berlin Foundation for treatment. He is said to have been poisoned by a chemical neurotransmitter known as the Novitsok group.
After receiving treatment in Germany, Navalny was arrested on his return to Russia in January and later sentenced to more than two years in prison for violating probation.
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