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EU Foreign Ministers Reportedly Agree to Expand Personal Sanctions Against Russia Over Navalny

© AP Photo / Virginia MayoWorkers adjust the EU flags in front of EU headquarters in Brussels. (File)
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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Foreign ministers of the European Union member states on Monday agreed in principle to expand individual sanctions against Russian officials over the case of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, Reuters reported, citing diplomatic sources.

According to Reuters, the EU ministers did not yet discuss which officials will be added to the sanctions list.

In this handout photo provided by Moscow City Court Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny talks to one of his lawyers, left, while standing in the cage during a hearing to a motion from the Russian prison service to convert the suspended sentence of Navalny from the 2014 criminal conviction into a real prison term in the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.02.2021
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At the same time, Reuters reported that sanctions may be adopted promptly. Some sources said that the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, the director of prisons, the director of the Russian National Guard and the prosecutor general may be added to the sanctions list.

Earlier in February, a Moscow court rescinded Navalny's suspended sentence in the 2014 Yves Rocher fraud case over multiple probation breaches and replaced it with 3.5 years in prison. Taking into account the time he had spent under house arrest, Navalny will have to spend some 2.5 years behind bars.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said this month that the EU was weighing sanctions against Russia for imprisoning Navalny on earlier embezzlement charges.

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