Washington supported Brussels’ decision to impose sanctions on Russians whom the EU considers involved in the incident with Alexey Navalny, said the official representative of the US state Department Morgan Ortagus.
“The United States welcomes the EU Council’s decision to impose sanctions against Russian officials related to the poisoning of Alexey Navalny. Those involved in this attack must be held accountable,” she wrote on Twitter.
The EU has previously introduced a decision on sanctions against six Russians and a scientific Institute connected with the situation with Navalny. The Russians were banned from entering the territory of the Union. Among those who will be subject to EU, restrictions are FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, first Deputy Head of the presidential administration Sergey Kiriyenko, head of the Kremlin’s internal policy Department Andrey Yarin and presidential envoy to Siberia Sergey Menyailo.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier that Moscow would mirror the EU’s anti-Russian sanctions connected with the Navalny case. He also said that Russia might stop communicating with the European Union, as “people responsible for foreign policy in the West do not understand the need for a mutually respectful conversation” the European Union behaves unacceptably in the case of Navalny.