EU’s foreign ministers on Monday will include a wide-ranging video conference with new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Discussions will also touch on the recent military coup in Myanmar and the Iran nuclear deal.
European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell on Sunday threatened Russia again with sanctions over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Borrell will discuss measures at a meeting of EU ministers for foreign affairs on Monday and prepare action against Moscow.
The EU diplomat said he has also noted that Russian courts are continuing to ignore a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that Navalny should be released.
Russia, however, has rejected the court’s ruling as interfering in its domestic judicial affairs.
Austria expects EU backing for sanctions.
Support for EU measures against the Kremlin appears to be growing,
Earlier on Sunday, Austria’s top diplomat has said EU foreign ministers will back sanctioning Russia.
Alexander Schallenberg said he expects “a broad majority of support” for sanctions among the EU’s 27 members, but added the sanctions “have to be politically smart and legally watertight.”
He told Germany’s Welt Am Sonntagnewspaper the bloc will use new powers that governments agreed on last year to punish human rights abuses.
“This also includes targeted measures against individuals within the framework of the newly created human rights sanctions regime,” he said. “I expect a broad majority of support for this.”
“Just commenting on what is happening in Russia from the sidelines and threatening sanctions is not enough,” he said. “Russia is a reality in our neighborhood that we cannot simply ‘talk’ away, but that we have to face