The EU sanctions against Russian officials because of the incident with Alexei Navalny will not affect Russian policy in any way, and the measures introduced are illegal and are political blackmail of Moscow, said Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the State Duma’s international affairs committee.
Earlier, the EU enacted a decision on sanctions against six Russians and a scientific institute in connection with the situation with Navalny, Russians were banned from entering the Union. Among those who will be subject to EU restrictions are FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko, Head of the Kremlin’s Internal Policy Department Andrei Yarin and Presidential Envoy to Siberia Sergei Menyailo.
“The EU sanctions against six Russian officials will in no way affect the policy of Russia and the work of state bodies, which these worthy people represent. The imposed restrictive measures are illegal, are political blackmail of our country and have no basis,” Zheleznyak said RIA News.
The parliamentarian noted that the hybrid war against Russia is gaining momentum, and the actions of forces that do not want to strengthen the Russian Federation are of different forms – “from attempts to destabilize the country and create tension near Russia’s borders to small provocations, like the story with Navalny.” Zheleznyak reiterated that it was repeatedly stated at the highest level that there was no evidence of the so-called poisoning, and the opponents were obviously deliberately silent about the facts.
“Those who vote for new sanctions against Russia are not embarrassed by the complete lack of evidence, as well as the miraculous rescue after the fatal“ poisoning ”of Mr. Navalny and his assistants, who managed to seize pseudo-venomous evidence without harm to their health. the Russian oppositionist to squeeze the maximum benefit from the “Navalny case” to fuel anti-Russian hysteria, “the deputy added.
However, Zheleznyak is convinced that this story will add nothing but negative from the majority of Russians to the person of Navalny. “As for the sanctions against the Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT), then we should analyze who benefits from it in the West and what is the real goal behind the actions of our opponents,” the politician added.
Navalny was hospitalized on August 20 in Omsk after he became ill on the plane. Based on the results of the examinations, the Omsk doctors called the main diagnosis a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar. It is not yet clear what caused it, but according to Omsk doctors, no poisons were found in Navalny’s blood and urine.
Later, Navalny was transported by plane to Germany for treatment. After that, the FRG government, with reference to military doctors, said that Navalny was allegedly poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of toxic warfare agents. The Cabinet of Ministers of Germany said that the conclusions of the German experts were confirmed by the laboratories of Sweden and France. The OPCW said that a substance was found in Navalny’s body, similar in characteristics to Novichok, but not on the lists of prohibited chemicals.
In this regard, the Kremlin stated that Berlin did not inform Moscow of its conclusions, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official request on this situation. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, noted that in a month Russia sent Germany three requests for legal assistance on the situation with Navalny, no answers were received.
On the day of Navalny’s hospitalization, the prosecutor’s office and the police began to conduct their checks. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that de facto investigative actions on the situation with Navalny are underway, if the presence of a poisonous substance is confirmed, the investigation will be open and de jure. According to him, Russia is ready to cooperate with Europe on the situation with Navalny, but needs information from Paris and Berlin.
The Berlin clinic Charite reported on September 23 that Navalny was discharged from the hospital, his condition is satisfactory, the attending doctors do not exclude his complete recovery.