Europe must stand by and watch the Russian opposition leader Navalny languishing in the hospital and Russian troops are clenched together at the Ukrainian border. A harsh answer remains out for the time being.
After a video meeting of Foreign Ministers it became clear on Monday that there will be no new sanctions against Russia for the time being. EU foreign chef Borrell warns that this can change quickly, but it is waiting for the time being. The reason why there is now restraint is that sanctions have already been imposed specifically in connection with the Navalny case.
There are serious concerns on the European side about the situation of the Russian opposition leader who returned from Germany to Russia in January after a suspected Russian poison attempt. Thats where he disappeared into a cell. On Sunday, the boss of the European Commission Von der Leyen called on the Russians to quickly allow Navalny medical assistance.
EU ministers were updated on Monday by their Ukrainian counterpart. In the meantime, 150 000 Russian troops have gathered at the border with Ukraine and, as a result, all the alarm bells have been set off in the European capitals. According to Borrell, its about the highest number of Russian soldiers ever on that border. “A clear signal to worry about,” says the Spaniard.
Weapons Czech Republic
and theres more to play. The Czechs expelled eighteen Russian diplomats on Saturday because they are likely to be involved in an attack on a Czech arms depot in 2014. The Czechs are talking about a similar case to that of the poisoning of former secret agent Skripal and his daughter in 2018 in the British Salisbury.
At that time, not only did the British take action by expiling diplomats, but also by a number of European countries and the US followed that example to send a clear signal. Now thats not happening. According to Borrell, the Czechs didnt ask for that.