RIGA - Latvian Foreign Minister has welcomed the EU sanctions in relation to poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, and underscored that construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline should be cancelled.
The minister said in a Twitter post that the sanctions send a clear signal that EU will not tolerate breach of the international law and use of chemical weapons.
The European Council today imposed restrictive measures against six individuals and one entity involved in the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group on 20 August 2020 in Russia.
The decision follows the political agreement reached by the Foreign Affairs Council on October 12.
The adopted restrictive measures consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for individuals, and an asset freeze for the entity. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed.
The designation of the six persons and one entity linked to the Navalny case took place in the framework of the restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.
This is the same legal instrument used to sanction those responsible for the possession, transport and use of a toxic nerve agent in the Skripals' case in Salisbury in March 2018. With the new designations, there are 15 persons and 2 entities listed under the chemical weapons sanctions regime.