EU Warns Myanmar, Mulls Sanctions On Russia Over Crackdown
Faizan Hashmi 14 days ago Mon 22nd February 2021 | 05:53 PM
The EU on Monday warned Myanmar's military rulers it "stands ready" to impose sanctions over their coup, as foreign ministers meeting in Brussels also considered targeting those behind Russia's crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny
Brussels, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Feb, 2021 ) :The EU on Monday warned Myanmar's military rulers it "stands ready" to impose sanctions over their coup, as foreign ministers meeting in Brussels also considered targeting those behind Russia's crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Shortly into the meeting, the ministers issued a statement on Myanmar, saying "the EU stands ready to adopt restrictive measures targeting those directly responsible for the military coup and their economic interests".
While they took a last-chance stance on Myanmar, there were expectations they would pull the trigger on sanctions against Russian officials over imprisoned opposition leader Navalny and repression of his supporters.
Any such move would come two weeks after EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell was caught in a diplomatic ambush in Moscow that enraged member states.
Borrell called for a "united and determined" response from the bloc as he arrived for the meeting.
"There is a very large majority supporting the adoption of new sanctions," Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said.
But European diplomats say only those directly implicated in the clampdown can be targeted because the list needs to withstand any court challenge.
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.
- Venezuela blacklist - In addition, 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.
The ongoing repression in Belarus is set to feature as the EU weighs whether it needs to introduce a fourth round of sanctions against President Alexander Lukashenko's regime.