MILAN – – The German government said on Wednesday further sanctions against Russia cannot be ruled out after a Moscow court jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and police used force against protesters.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuersday’s verdict against Navalny was ‘far from any rule of law standards’ and demanded an end to violence against peaceful protesters in Russia.
Asked if Germany was mulling new sanctions against Russia, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told a regular news conference the European Union had already imposed sanctions against Moscow following a nerve attack on Navalny.
‘Further sanctions are not to be ruled out’, Seibert said, adding that Berlin would discuss further steps with its European partners.
Seibert said Moscow’s handling of the Navalny case violate basic human right principle which Moscow had signed up to and that Berlin condemned ‘the systematic use of force’ against demonstrators by Russian police.
The EU in December imposed sanctions on six Russians and a state scientific research center accused of deploying against Navalny a banned nerve agent designed for military use.
Western countries have urged Moscow to immediately free Navalny.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had denied the authorities tried to poison Navalny and said Russian agents would have finished the jog if they wanted him dead. He said in December that reports the Russia state had poisoned Navalny were part of a U.S – backed plot to try to discredit him.
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