OEuropean Union countries, including Germany, are calling for “more sanctions” against Russia following the death in prison of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny.

EU member states were already discussing a package of measures to mark the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which takes place next Saturday, February 24th, according to Sky News.

This will be the 13th set of EU sanctions since Moscow’s troops crossed the border and began an armed conflict on Ukrainian territory.

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said he expected countries to seek targeted sanctions against certain Russian officials over Navalny’s death.

“The Member States will propose new sanctions against those responsible. The person responsible is Putin himself. We can go as far as the institutional structure of the penitentiary system in Russia. But don’t forget who is truly responsible for Navalny’s death”, declared Borrell .

Meanwhile, the European official revealed, in a post on the social network X (formerly Twitter) that he expressed, on behalf of the EU, “the deepest condolences to Yulia Navalnaya”.

“Vladimir Putin and his regime will be held responsible for the death of Alexei Navalny,” he accused, adding that Yulia warned that “Putin is not Russia [e] Russia is not Putin.”

It should be remembered that Yulia Navalnaya was in Brussels today and was received by the Foreign Ministers of the 27 EU Member States, meeting today in the Belgian capital.

At the meeting, European ministers stood up and applauded Yulia for a long time, at the end of a brief speech, according to a European diplomat cited by the French agency AFP.

In her speech, Yulia Navalnaya reaffirmed her commitment to continuing her husband’s fight, recognized as Vladimir Putin’s main political opponent.

“Alexei Navalny was a hero and died like a hero,” the widow added.

Yulia Navalnaya also demanded that the EU reprimand Putin and “the corrupt oligarchs” who support him, according to the same report.

Several European ministers said they were in favor of new sanctions against Russia, before the meeting with Alexei Navalny’s widow.

“We will implement new sanctions,” promised German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

“Putin is a murderer. Putin murdered a person who fought for freedom, for democracy,” said Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna.

For several ministers, the best way to weaken the Russian President is to help Ukraine in its effort to resist the invasion.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs announced a proposal to rename the European sanctions regime for human rights violations.

“To pay tribute to him and honor his memory we will [a Comissão Europeia] propose to ministers to rename our human rights sanctions regime after him, and call it ‘the Navalny Human Rights Sanctions Regime’, so that his name will forever be written in the EU’s work defending human rights humans”, he maintained.

Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, one of Vladimir Putin’s main critics, died in prison, Russia’s federal penitentiary service announced on Friday.

Navalny, 47, was in a prison in the Arctic, serving a 19-year prison sentence under a “special regime” and, according to those services, he felt unwell after a walk and lost consciousness.

During the weekend, vigils in honor of Alexei Navalny were held in several countries.

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