EU warns Myanmar’s military rulers as it was ready to impose sanctions

Brussels, Feb 22 (AFP/APP): The EU on Monday warned Myanmar’s military rulers it was ready to impose sanctions over this month’s coup, as foreign ministers also prepared to target those behind Russia’s crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

The ministers from the 27-nation bloc met in Brussels for a packed agenda that includes a wide-ranging videoconference with new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Shortly after the start, they issued a statement on Myanmar, saying “the EU stands ready to adopt restrictive measures targeting those directly responsible for the military coup and their economic interests”.

They called for “a de-escalation of the current crisis” triggered by the February 1 military coup in Myanmar and demanded that the overthrown civilian government be restored. The ministers did agree to move ahead and add 19 Venezuelan officials to a blacklist for “undermining democracy” and human rights abuses after the EU rejected legislative elections in December as undemocratic. There were also expectations they would pull the trigger on sanctions against Russian officials over the jailing of opposition leader Navalny and repression of his supporters.

Any such move would come two weeks after EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell was caught in a diplomatic ambush in Moscow that enraged member states. Capitals are eyeing using the EU’s new human rights sanctions regime for the first time to hit individuals responsible for the Russian clampdown with asset freezes and visa bans, diplomats said.

Rabat: Around 9.5 tonnes of Cannabis resin siezed from a lorry

Stay tuned to Baaghi TV for latest news and updates!

Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!