Europe is moving towards a tougher US stance towards Russia and China

Europe is moving towards a tougher US stance towards Russia and China

BRUSSELS – The European Union will impose new sanctions on Russian officials Imprisonment of opposition Leader Alexei Navalny will go ahead with measures to challenge Beijing on Repression in Hong KongThis indicates a shift in the bloc’s attitude toward the United States.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said Monday evening that he would propose a list of Russian officials who would be sanctioned with asset freezes and travel bans over the Navalny case. Speaking after a meeting of European Union foreign ministers, he said he hoped the list would be approved within a week.

Borrell said in a press conference that the sanctions would target “those responsible for his arrest, sentence and persecution.” Two diplomats said they expected the European Union to punish about six people.

It will be the first use of a new EU human rights sanctions framework, similar to the US Magnitsky Act.

The European Union’s decision came as foreign ministers held a two-hour videoconference with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The discussions covered a range of topics from the Biden administration’s goal to work with European allies on challenges from Russia and China to the Iran nuclear deal.

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