Britain wanted the EU sanctions against the leaders of the GRU

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Britain negotiates with the EU on new sanctions against the top of the Main Directorate of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces (formerly of the GRU, Main intelligence Directorate). This is with reference to its diplomatic sources, The Times reports.

The material of the newspaper says that in the sanctions list are “half a dozen” names of people associated with the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in March 2018. Britain is going to freeze their foreign accounts and deny them entry in the coming weeks.

In the adoption of restrictive measures of the British government want to enlist the support of France and Germany. The Minister of foreign Affairs Jeremy hunt also met with colleagues from the former Eastern bloc States, including Hungary, to discuss new sanctions.

The list will be published next month, and the forecast source The Times, will certainly be the first official confirmation of the personalities of the main suspects in the poisoning. The male known as Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov — in fact, intelligence officers Alexander and Anatoly Mishkin Chapiha, was awarded the title of Hero of Russia.

According to a member of the Committee on foreign Affairs, house of representatives, Bob Seeley, the purpose of sanctions should be as far as possible, not subordinates, and senior executives. “We need to show authoritarian States that if the higher ranks are hidden, they will have to incur personal responsibility,” he said.

UK in September formally accused Petrov and Bashirova in the attack on the family Skrobala. London stated that both worked for Russian military intelligence and operation with a high probability was sanctioned by the Kremlin.

The Kremlin has repeatedly pointed out the UK to the lack of evidence of Russian involvement and called the London people to Skipala poisoning. According to the press Secretary of the Russian President, Moscow is waiting for official data on the matter from the London “is not going to handle the information that comes through media channels”.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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