Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide writes in an e-mail to NRK that Norway “has politically supported the EU action regime regarding the use of chemical weapons. We also support the new listings from the EU ».
According to the news agency Reuters, the EU will announce sanctions against six named people on Thursday. Among them are the head of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortinikov, and the deputy head of President Vladimir Putin’s administration, Sergei Kiriyenko.
Both belong to the inner circle around Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kiriyenko was also Russia’s prime minister for a short time in the late 1990s, leading the Russian Atomic Energy Agency.
The sanctions mean that these people are no longer allowed to enter the EU and that all the assets they may have in the form of properties and deposits in banks in the EU are frozen.
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Poisoned by Novitsjok?
Alexei Navalny was poisoned during a visit to Siberia in late August, but survived after being treated at a hospital in Germany.
Several studies have shown that the poisoning is due to a substance belonging to the Novitsjok group, which was developed in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Russian authorities have denied that Navalny has been poisoned and call it a campaign to blacken Russia.
Both Germany and France have asked Russia to launch an investigation into the poisoning, but the French and German foreign ministers said last week that Russian authorities had not provided what they called “a credible explanation”.
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Russia will respond
Russia has said it will respond in the same way. It may thus affect Norwegian politicians and officials.
It has also been suggested that Russia could break large parts of the formal cooperation with the EU if the sanctions are introduced.
The final list will only be published when the sanctions take effect, which will take place during Thursday.
According to Reuters, the controversial Russian businessman Yevgenik Prigozin, often referred to as Putin’s chef, should also be on the list.
Prigozin has been behind the so-called troll factory in St. Petersburg, which is suspected of being behind attempts to influence the US presidential election campaign in 2016. He has also helped finance Russian mercenaries, which have been sent to Ukraine, Syria and Libya.
Alexei Navalny says he will return to Russia now that treatment at the hospital in Berlin is over.