The European Commission responded to the call of the foreign Minister of Britain to tighten sanctions against Russia

© AP Photo / Virginia Mamosta-apartment of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Archival photoThe European Commission responded to the call of the foreign Minister of Britain to tighten sanctions against Russia© AP Photo / Virginia Mayo

The EC is aware of the appeals of the British parties to toughen sanctions against Russia in connection with the incident in Salisbury, notes that the EU already applies a number of serious sanctions, any further measures are in the competence of the EU Council, said Tuesday the representative of the head of the EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini.

Previously available to the RIA Novosti text passages of the speech of the Minister it became known that the British foreign Secretary Jeremy hunt, speaking on Tuesday at the Washington Institute for peace, calls on the EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia in connection with the incident in Salisbury.

«We have seen reports. I can say that we already have a strong action on the Russian sanctions, in particular, we saw that on measures in connection with the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, the extension of economic sanctions and sanctions in connection with the illegal annexation of Crimea. If we are talking about measures in connection with the incident in Salisbury, then was taken before the different steps they were declared. Any additional measures should be taken by the Council of the EU,» he told reporters at the briefing, maja Kocijancic.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine, where in 2014 there was a coup, and around the Crimea, which rejoined Russia after a referendum. Western countries have accused Russia of meddling in the Affairs of Ukraine and have imposed sanctions. Moscow retaliated, repeatedly denied the charges and claimed to talk to her in the language of sanctions is counterproductive. While Russia has repeatedly said that it is not a party to domestic conflict or subject of the Minsk agreements on the settlement in Donbass and the Crimea, whose residents in full accordance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia, closed permanently. In recent time, the EU clearly there are opinions on necessity of cancellation of sanctions against Russia.

The US administration announced on 8 August new sanctions against Russia over its alleged use of chemical weapons in Salisbury, where in March, according to British authorities, was poisoned, former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia. It is expected that Tuesday will come into force on the first package of sanctions of the United States. It is primarily a question of introduction of restrictions on deliveries to Russia of dual-use goods. Moscow has repeatedly stated that talking to her in the language of sanctions counterproductive, the Russian foreign Ministry stressed that Moscow believes that unilateral sanctions of the USA waves illegitimate and useless.

In the English town of Salisbury on March 4, according to British authorities, was poisoned, former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia, which triggered a major international scandal. London believes that the poisoning Skrobala substance A234 involved in the Russian government, Moscow categorically denies it. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov in may, said that «it Skripal» is crumbling before our eyes due to the lack of any evidence against Russia.

Official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the case Skrobala in the foreign office was sent to about 60 diplomatic notes with the requirement to provide Russia access to the investigation and to affected citizens of the Russian Federation, and also with the request on legal assistance and cooperation proposals, including joint investigation, but the British authorities did not respond to them.

The former head of the British foreign Ministry Boris Johnson in March was sentenced on Monday to poisoning Skripal, arguing that the evidence of guilt of Moscow «staggering». The charges were false. The head of the clandestine laboratories UK Ministry of defense later stated that the experts were unable to identify the source of origin of the substance, as claimed by the British side, was poisoned Skripal and his daughter. The British foreign Ministry on the same day, acknowledged that the conclusion about the involvement of the Russian Federation to the poisoning Skrobala were made including on the basis of their own assessments of information.

The European Commission responded to the call of the foreign Minister of Britain to tighten sanctions against Russia© Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures

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