EU Set To Agree Sanctions Over Russia, Myanmar Crackdowns
Brussels, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Feb, 2021 ) :EU foreign ministers are expected Monday to approve sanctions against those behind Russia's crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his supporters, as well as those responsible for the coup in Myanmar.
But it will be responses to a raft of abuses in various regions that will dominate, with Venezuelan authorities also in the crosshairs over widely-criticised elections last year.
The move to target the Kremlin comes two weeks after EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell was caught in a diplomatic ambush in Moscow that enraged member states.
Capitals are eyeing using the EU's new human rights sanctions regime for the first time to hit individuals responsible for the clampdown with asset freezes and visa bans, diplomats said.
"I expect a political agreement to be reached," a senior European diplomat told AFP.
"Then experts from the member states should work on the Names." - Waves of sanctions - Late Sunday, two of Navalny's closest allies met in Brussels with eight EU foreign ministers and several EU ambassadors ahead of Monday's meeting.
One of the allies, Leonid Volkov, told AFP they "talked about targeted personal sanctions against Putin's closest allies and people who are guilty of major human rights violations".
"The biggest hope for tomorrow (Monday) is that we will make a unanimous decision about the list" of people to be sanctioned, Landsbergis told AFP.
The bloc in October slapped six officials on a blacklist over the poisoning of Navalny with Novichok, a nerve agent.
His sentencing sparked nationwide protests that saw baton-wielding security forces detain thousands.
- 'Appropriate decisions' - The EU also appears to be gearing up to hit Myanmar's military with targeted punishment after it seized power this month and launched an increasingly deadly bid to crush protests.
Borrell on Saturday condemned the violence against peaceful rallies after two demonstrators were killed and said EU foreign ministers would "take appropriate decisions".
A senior EU official said Monday's meeting would adopt conclusions that "foresee maybe to take some particular measures on some of the members of the military".
In addition to those measures, the official said ministers were expected to place some 30 members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime on a blacklist.
The listings would target those involved in December elections the EU refused to recognise and broader human rights abuses, the official said.