In the event of further EU sanctions, Russia threatens to break off relations with the international community. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview that excerpts were published on the website of his ministry on Friday. "We don't want to isolate ourselves from global life, but we have to be prepared for it. If you want peace, you have to prepare for war." </p><div> <p><a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a><p> The relationship between Russia and the EU has recently cooled noticeably because of the condemnation of the opposition politician Alexej Navalny to several years in prison.</p>
As three EU diplomats told Reuters news agency on Thursday, accounts of allies of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will be frozen and travel bans will be imposed. Most recently, France and Germany signaled that they would support the sanctions. According to insiders, the punitive measures could be announced later this month.
In the conflict between Russia and the EU over how to deal with Navalny, the tone had become much sharper in recent days. Russia expelled EU diplomats a week ago when EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell was in Moscow on mediation efforts.
Navalny was arrested in January after returning from Germany, where he had been treated for a poison attack in Russia. Shortly thereafter, he was sentenced to several years in prison for allegedly violating probation conditions from an earlier sentence while he was recovering in Germany. Because of the detention of the Putin critic, there were several demonstrations in Russia against which the security forces cracked down.
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