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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Time and again, EU countries display subservience to US interests — even at the expense of their own.

To their shame, they sold their soul to a higher power in Washington, notably on issues relating to nations on the US target list for regime change.

Brussels intends sanctioning high-level Russian officials for the Navalny novichok poisoning hoax — knowing the deadly nerve agent had nothing to do with his August illness.

EU bloc countries are acting on orders from Washington — instead of doing the right thing.

What Russian doctors in Omsk diagnosed as a metabolic disorder — finding no toxins in Navalny’s blood, urine, liver, or elsewhere in his system, clearly no novichok — German military doctors and the imperial tool OPCW falsely claimed otherwise.

They lied. EU bloc nations know it, yet are acting against Russia irresponsibly.

Reportedly, Brussels will impose financial asset freezes on six high-level Russian officials. 

They’ll also be banned from traveling to bloc countries.

On the one hand, the unacceptable action is symbolic alone.

On the other, it’s another step toward undermining relations with Russia in support of longstanding US aims to marginalize, weaken, contain and isolate the country — a policy that failed for over a century, yet persists.

According to unnamed EU officials, the following Russian figures will be sanctioned:

Federal Security Service director Aleksander Bortnikov

Presidential First Deputy Chief of Staff Sergei Kiriyenko

Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate head Andrei Yarin

Deputy Defense Minister Aleksei Krivoruchko

Army General, Deputy Defense Minister Pavel Popov

Putin envoy to Serbia Sergey Menyaylo

Reportedly, sanctions will also be imposed on Russia’s State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology.

What bloc officials approved on Wednesday will be announced on Thursday.

Commenting on hostile US-led actions against Russia last month, Sergey Lavrov said Washington invents reasons to sanction Moscow because no legitimate ones exist.

He called the Obama regime’s illegal seizure of Russian properties in the US a “hostile takeover” that included unacceptably expelling dozens of Russian diplomats from the country.

“We have said on numerous occasions that history has already witnessed attempts to pose as the ruler of destinies for the entire humanity, pretending to be without sin or fault, and to understand everything better than others.” This is longstanding US policy, Lavrov explained.

Its actions “did not yield any positive results.” They widen the breach between east and west, increasing the possibility for eventual direct confrontation.

“(T)hose who” fail to bow and scrape to Washington “are faced with illegal sanctions.”

Lavrov explained Russia’s relationship with other nations as follows:

“(W)e will work with any government elected in any country.”

This policy applies to the US.

“However, we will discuss all the questions in which Washington is interested only based on the principles of equality, mutual benefit, and commitment to respecting a balance of interests. Presenting ultimatums is pointless.” 

“If someone still fails to understand this, they are not fit to be politicians.”

Ahead of announced EU sanctions on Russia for the Navalny poisoning hoax, Lavrov said the following:

“The Germans are not going to provide any facts, despite all their international legal obligations.” 

“We will answer in kind. (T)his is diplomatic practice, but it is also a diplomatic response,” adding:

“What…the EU Council of Foreign Ministers” discussed this week, “we hear announcements, threats, warnings that sanctions will be imposed.” 

“Some persons who will be punished for (the) Navalny (poisoning hoax) are already on the list.”

“We are no longer surprised that the EU is acting without a trial.” 

“We are required to conduct an investigation, but no facts (on the issue) were provided to us, including by Germany.”

No evidence of Navalny’s alleged novichok poisoning was revealed because there is none.

Russia is falsely accused for what didn’t happen — a repeat of the Skripals’ 2018 novichok poisoning hoax in Britain.

As for expelling Russian officials from bloc countries or denying them entry, Lavrov slammed what he called undiplomatic practice, adding:

It also reflects unacceptable “Russophobic tendencies which the Americans seek to impose in Europe, in order to discourage Europe from (buying Russian gas), Russian military (items). and many other things.”

“And to replace all this with their own goods, which are more expensive, but the countries that agree to this deal will feel safer, because the Americans would not pester them too much for a while.”

The above is where things now stand. EU sanctions on Russian officials will achieve no strategic aims.

They’ll harm diplomatic ties instead of going all-out to improve them in the interest of world peace, stability, and cooperative international relations the way they should be.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.