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Elena Panina named the possible target of EU sanctions against Russia

Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, did not rule out that the approval of sanctions against Russia by the EU due to the situation with Alexei Navalny may be associated with a desire to discredit the successes of Russian science due to the development of a vaccine against coronavirus.

Earlier, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the EU countries unanimously approved the proposal of Germany and France to impose sanctions on Navalny.

Panina, in an interview with RIA Novosti, noted that according to information available in the Western media, sanctions will be imposed on Russian scientific centers, which contradicts the EU’s statements about “supporting Russian civil society.”

According to her, it is about “discrediting Russian science, about the desire to break the contacts of the scientific community of Russia with colleagues in Europe.”

The MP did not rule out that the sanctions may be a response to the development of the Sputnik V vaccine.

“It is possible that all this is a reaction of the European bureaucracy to the scientific achievements of Russia, in particular, to the development of the Sputnik V vaccine. Instead of recognizing the achievements of its neighbors and starting cooperation, Brussels decided to discredit Russian scientists,” Panina said.

On August 20, it became known that the plane on which Navalny flew from Tomsk to Moscow, urgently landed in Omsk due to the fact that he became ill during the flight. He was taken to the emergency hospital №1, the regional Ministry of Health confirmed that the patient is in intensive care.

The main working diagnosis made by Russian doctors to Navalny is a violation of carbohydrate balance and metabolism. On August 21st, the doctors allowed the transfer of the patient for treatment in Germany. On September 7, doctors from the Berlin clinic Charite reported that Navalny’s condition improved, he was taken out of a coma.

Currently, the blogger has been discharged from the hospital, where he is undergoing rehabilitation, during which he managed to talk to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on September 28.

After Navalny was admitted for treatment, the FRG government announced, citing military doctors, that he was allegedly poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of toxic warfare agents.

The German Cabinet said that these conclusions of the German experts were confirmed by the laboratories of Sweden and France, but did not give the names of the laboratories.

Earlier, Sputnik radio reported that Moscow insists on providing analyzes of Navalny’s biomaterial.

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