Germany: More Sanctions On Russia Over Navalny Cannot Ruled Out

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.

Success Of Joint Emirati-Saudi Mediation Regarding Release And Exchange Of Prisoners Between United States And Russian Federation

PARIS, France – – In a joint statement, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced the success of the mediation led by His Highness President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman […]

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China’s Xi At Saudi Palace To Meet Royals On Mideast Trip

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Qatar Hosts An Official Visit By UAE President Sheikh Mohamed

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Biden Warns China On North Korea, Clashes With Xi Over Taiwan In Bali Meeting

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France’s Macron: Children Of Iran’s Revolution Carrying Out Their Own Revolution

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Rocket Attack Near Iraq’s Ebrill Kills One, Wounds 10 – Mayor

PARIS, France – At least one person was killed and 10 others were wounded on Monday after rockets hit the headquarters of an Iranian Kurdish party in the city of Koye, near the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region Erbil, the mayor of Koye Tariq Haidari said. Iran’s semi-official Fars news said the country’s Revolutionary […]

Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti Expresses Support For Protests

PARIS, France – Leading Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti has posted a picture of herself on Instagram without a headscarf to express support for nationwide anti-government protests. Best-known for her role in ”The Salesman”, which won an Academy Award in 2017, the pro-reform artist held up a sign in the Instagram post that read ”Woman, Life, […]

Pope Francis Arrives In Bahrain

PARIS, France – Pope Francis arrived in Bahrain on Thursday to start a four – day trip, the second by the pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula. The plane carrying the pope arrived in Sakir where he is due to meet King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the Sakhir Palace.

Former Pakistan PM Khan Shot In Foot In Attack On Party Convoy – Aide

PARIS, France – Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was wounded in the shin on Thursday when his convoy was shot at in the country’s east on Thursday, an aide said. A member of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said several colleagues were also wounded amid reports one had been killed. ”A man opened fire […]

Saudia To Buy Up To 100 Lilium Electric Aircraft For Domestic Network

PARIS, France – – Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has signed an agreement with German air taxi developer Lilium to buy up to 100 of its aircraft for use on Saudia’s domestic network, the state carrier’s chief executive said on Wednesday. Saudia CEO Ibrahim Koshy said the planes would be ”a premium service” that carry four […]

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