Brussels-The European Union will impose new sanctions on Russian officials due to the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navani, and plans to discuss measures to challenge Beijing to suppress Hong Kong. This shows the EU’s position in both countries The position on the United States has shifted to that of the United States.
Diplomats said a small number of Russian officials will be hit by asset freezes and travel bans due to the Navani case. The sanctions are expected to be completed in March, and it will be the first use of the EU’s new human rights sanctions framework, similar to the Magnitsky Act of the United States.
The EU Foreign Minister and US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken held a two-hour meeting on Monday to discuss the goals of the Biden administration and European allies to work closely together to tackle challenges including the rise of China and the Iran nuclear deal.
Since President Biden took office, EU officials have shown signs of aligning with the United States on sensitive issues while emphasizing the independence of their foreign policy. A confidential EU document on Hong Kong distributed last week was seen by the Wall Street Journal, advocating strengthening cooperation with the United States and other allies and putting pressure on China.
After Josep Borrell, the head of EU foreign policy, paid a nervous visit to Moscow, support for Russia̵