Russia is quick to retaliate against France and Germany, the two countries that were the driving force behind European sanctions against Moscow for poisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced this Thursday.
The EU imposed sanctions against Russia a month ago.
The target is the head of the FSB domestic intelligence agency, the right-hand man of President Putin’s chief of staff, the Kremlin’s chief of internal policy, two deputy defence ministers and Putin’s representative in Siberia.
The European assets of the six are frozen, and they no longer enter the EU.
According to Germany, among others, the treaty against chemical weapons has thus been violated. Moscow denies involvement.