EU to sanction Russian officials responsible for Navalny's imprisonment

The EU will impose sanctions on Russian individuals involved in the imprisonment of opposition activist Alexei Navalny.

"We managed to reach a consensus very quickly on one point (...), the imposition of EU sanctions on those found guilty of the unlawful detention and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny," Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

Josep Borrell, the head of the EU’s foreign service, said that the four-person list includes Russia's Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov and the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin.

"The new sanctions against Russia include a ban on entry to EU countries and confiscation of funds deposited in EU countries," added Rau.

Rau also did not exclude the imposition of further EU sanctions against Belarus, saying that the situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate.

"The list of political prisoners is constantly growing," he said. "Pressure on civil society is constantly increasing. Therefore, an adequate EU response should be expected."

According to Rau the European Commission intends to present a support plan for a democratic Belarus, but it is still unclear when it will be unveiled.