The main obsession of European leaders has been to get Russia to pay a price for the luxury of living its own style, without consulting anyone. It is clear that if the West invests millions in information wars, it needs concrete cases to cover, to try to pit the public opinion against Russia. According to this approach, the Navalny case fills all the requirements. This is not a struggle for democracy or human rights, but a global power struggle. And it is clear that the EU will never be its main beneficiary, since its role is being reduced to be a mere instrument of the US global policy.
New sanctions by West on Russia are not about human rights in the country or the arrest of any opposition figure. For several years, various sanctions have been imposed on Moscow in the context of various issues. The goal is to put pressure on the Kremlin's foreign policy and remove Moscow's obstacles to US foreign policy in Russia's immediate vicinity.
Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about sanctions on Russia and the claim of being 'encircled by the US-led West'.
The U.S. imposed the sanctions on Russia for the FSB's involvement in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny which was proved by Bellingcat. In addition, Alexei Navalny duped one of the FSB agents into revealing how the FSB was involved in poisoning.
US officials stated that seven high-ranking officials would face sanctions, namely asset freezes. Additionally, 14 entities had punitive measures imposed on them. The U.S. took measures in coordination with the European Union.
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