MOSCOW / BRUSSELS – After EU MEPs demanded sanctions on Thursday for the poisoning of politically irrelevant Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, Moscow said the move simply fuels anti-Russian hysteria and aims to stop the Nord Stream 2 project.
The European Parliament resolution calls for an international investigation into the Navalny case. Its approval followed comments from EU top diplomat Josep Borrell, who pitched the idea of appointing a new anti-Russian sanctions package after the foreign-backed politician promoted a move similar to the US law "Magnitsky."
The law Named after a Russian tax auditor who died in a Moscow prison in 2009. Magnitsky was an associate of billionaire Bill Browder, who was convicted in Russia for tax evasion, in absentia. A new round of threats before any investigation concludes clearly shows that Brussels is not looking for ways to establish the truth, but only to persecute Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
"We perceive all the talk of naming these sanctions after Navalny only as a blatant attempt to add an overtly anti-Russian flavor to the new EU restrictions," Zakharova said.
A similar response came from Russia's permanent representative, Aleksey Chizhov, who said the resolution appears to be extremely rushed and also contains errors of fact. Openly calling the Navalny affair a "poisoning" shows that the EU is trying to blame Russia for the incident instead of finding out exactly what happened, the diplomat said.
"Russia will find a way to take revenge if the EU decides to apply sanctions," Chizhov warned.
Among other things, the non-binding resolution called for an interruption of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and even the creation of a new strategy for the so-called "democratization" of Russia, which is indeed an open invitation for a color revolution in the country.
"It is not about protecting human rights or democracy, the only goal is to maintain a high degree of anti-Russian hysteria, even with respect to the Nord Stream 2 project," said the head of the Duma's foreign affairs committee. Leonid Slutsky was, branding the ongoing scandal as anti-Russian theatricality.
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on DataBase Italia at the URL https://www.databaseitalia.it/mosca-giura-vendetta-se-lue-interrompera-il-nord-stream-2/ on Sat, 19 Sep 2020 07:38:10 +0000.