New sanctions on Russia will apply to individuals: Polish FM

The new sanctions against Russia will apply to individuals and will come down to two aspects - a ban on entry to EU countries and deprivation of funds deposited in EU countries, said Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau.

Zbigniew Rau announced that during Monday's discussion at the ministerial meeting in Brussels, despite differences in positions regarding EU-Russia relations, a consensus was reached on one issue. "The issue was the imposition of EU sanctions on those found guilty of the unlawful detention and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny," he said.

Mr Rau stressed that the sanctions will apply to individuals and will come down to two aspects - a ban on entry to EU countries and deprivation of funds deposited in EU countries.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, announced on Monday that EU foreign ministers agreed to introduce further sanctions against Russia for the imprisonment of the anti-Kremlin oppositionist Alexei Navalny. The four-person sanctions list includes, among others Russia's prosecutor general Igor Krasnov and head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin.

"We will use a global sanctions system for human rights violations for the first time. The administrative procedure will start at my request today. (...) I hope they will be imposed soon," said Mr Borrell, adding that EU ministers also agreed to increase support for activists involved in the defense of civil and political liberties in Russia.

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