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EU talks tough against Myanmar, Russia

A protesters wears a sign with the three finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 22, 2021. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)



The EU on Monday warned Myanmar’s navy rulers it “stands prepared” to impose sanctions over their coup, as overseas ministers assembly in Brussels additionally thought-about focusing on these behind Russia’s crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

The highest diplomats from the 27-nation bloc confronted a full agenda for talks that may also embrace a wide-ranging video convention with new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Shortly into the assembly, the ministers issued a press release on Myanmar, saying “the EU stands able to undertake restrictive measures focusing on these instantly accountable for the navy coup and their financial pursuits”.

They known as for “a de-escalation of the present disaster” triggered by the February 1 coup by Myanmar’s navy and demanded the overthrown civilian authorities be restored.

Whereas they took a last-chance stance on Myanmar, there have been expectations they might pull the set off on sanctions in opposition to Russian officers over imprisoned opposition chief Navalny and repression of his supporters.

Any such transfer would come two weeks after EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell was caught in a diplomatic ambush in Moscow that enraged member states.

Capitals are eyeing utilizing the EU’s new human rights sanctions regime for the primary time to hit people liable for the Russian clampdown with asset freezes and visa bans, diplomats stated.

Borrell known as for a “united and decided” response from the bloc as he arrived for the assembly.

“It is clear that Russia is on a confrontational course with the European Union,” he stated.

– Focused sanctions – Diplomats stated they count on a political settlement to be reached on punishing officers — with the record of names to be labored out within the coming days.

“There’s a very giant majority supporting the adoption of latest sanctions,” Romania’s Overseas Minister Bogdan Aurescu stated.

Two of Navalny’s closest associates known as for the focusing on of Putin’s closest allies at a gathering with eight EU overseas ministers in Brussels Sunday.

However European diplomats say solely these instantly implicated within the clampdown may be focused as a result of the record wants to resist any court docket problem.

The temper in direction of Moscow has hardened within the wake of Borrell’s disastrous journey to Russia, throughout which Moscow introduced the expulsion of three European diplomats and rebuffed speak of cooperation.

The EU has already hit Russia with waves of sanctions over the 2014 annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s fuelling of the struggle in Ukraine.