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Press Secretary of the Russian President: Russia sanctions the European Union due to the Navalline incident

Kremlin: Russia will respond to U.S. sanctions

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According to AFP on the 22nd, the allies of Navalline, the leader of the Russian opposition, said that they would sue the Russian Federal Security Agency for the “poisoning” incident in Navaline on the same day.

The press secretary of the Russian president said on Tuesday that Navaline suffered from “delusion to be killed” and announced sanctions against the European Union for the Navaline incident.

According to a Russian satellite news agency, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on the 22nd that the European Union’s sanction of Russian citizens because of the “poisoning” incident in Navalline is “abreligible”.

Therefore, Russia decided to expand the “blacklist” of citizens of EU member states prohibited from entering Russia based on the principle of reciprocity, and promote the promotion of People sanctioned by Russia are added to the list.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent oral notes to the German, French, Swedish embassies and the European Union representative office in Moscow to inform them of Russian measures. AFP said on the 22nd that the European Union has not yet responded to this. Sources said that the German Foreign Office thought the Russian measures were “unjustified”.

Navaline felt uncomfortable on the flight from Tomsk to Moscow in August. After the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, he was taken to the local hospital and then went to Germany for treatment.

The European Union believes that the Russian government uses the nerve agent “Novichok” to poison Navalline, and announced sanctions on six individuals and one entity, including the Director of the Russian Federal Security Agency in October.

Navaline posted the minutes of his call with the so-called Russian Federal Security Agency agent on social media on the 21st, showing the public how he pretended to be a senior Russian security official and tricked the agent into telling the details of the Russian government poisoning him.

According to CNN, the Russian “agent” named Kudryavtsev said that the poison was put in Navaline’s underwear, but due to the timely treatment of the hospital, the “murder” operation failed.

After that, he went to Omsk to get Navaline’s clothes and clean up all traces. On December 14, Navaline, together with CNN, German weekly Der Spiegel and the news investigation website Bellingcat, released information that he knew the names of eight Russian Federal Security Service personnel who had repeatedly tried to poison him, who had followed him to several Russian cities for a long time.

Russian President Press Secretary Peskov said on the 22nd that Navaline showed “arrogance” and compared himself to Jesus, while Russia did not get the information needed for the investigation from Western countries.

According to Russian media reports, the Russian Federal Security Agency said on the 21st that the so-called investigation by Navaline and the Western media was a carefully planned provocative act aimed at smearing the Russian Federal Security Service.

The article said that the above investigation could not be carried out without the organization and technical support of Western intelligence services. Russian President Putin said on the 17th that the reports of the Western media are not investigations, but the legalization of materials from the U.S. intelligence services, which is a political struggle trick.

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