In response to the European Union possibly imposing sanctions against Russia after Russia jailed political opponent Alexei Navalny, Russia has come out swinging hard by threatening to sever ties with the E.U. “We proceed from the fact that we’re ready [for that]. In the event that we again see sanctions imposed in some sectors that create risks for our economy, including in the most sensitive spheres” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who also made the peace and war comment. The image above is of Alexei Navalny in a Moscow court facing new slander charges.
Alexei Navalny was poisoned by Russia in what most believe was an assassination attempt by Putin for his political activities and was able to get medical treatment outside of Russia. He recently returned to Russia where he was arrested and charged with slander. Navalny routinely opposes Putin’s grab for power and advocates for more transparency and more political freedom as Russia has nearly wiped out all political parties other than United Russia, which is Putin’s party. An abnormally high number of people who oppose United Russia and Russian leader Vladimir Putin end up with radiation poisoning, something Russia denies any part of but acknowledges the poisonings since many have made it out of Russia to get help or were targeted while outside of Russia.
E.U. representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell, visited Russia and held talks for Navalny’s release, and was subsequently expelled from Russia along with three other top E.U. diplomats. Borrell reported to the the European Parliament that Russia seeks to divide the west and sees democracy as an “existential threat.”