Germany is pushing for punitive measures against Russians who managed to put Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a prison camp for years.
The EU countries are considering new sanctions for those responsible for the detention of Navalny on Monday. Brussels sources expect to agree on targeted steps against some of the stakeholders. They could, for example, hit the judge who convicted Navalny.
The offenders are probably no longer allowed to travel to the EU and can no longer access outstanding money in Europe.
“I am in favour of preparing the placing of a few persons on the sanctions list,” said German foreign minister Heiko Maas before the start of the meeting with outgoing minister Stef Blok and their other EU colleagues.
For the first time, they can use the new sanctions rules, allowing the EU to punish human rights violators anywhere in the world and in any case.