EU imposes sanctions against GRU leaders out of Skripals' nerve agent attack
In total, nine individuals and one organization were added to the list.
The European Union has imposed the sanctions against Head of the GRU Igor Kostyukov, his deputy, Anatoly Chepiga, and Alexander Mishkin, who were accused of poisoning Sergei Skripal in the UK. Also, the sanctions are adopted against the research center in Syria and its five employees, RIA Novosti reports.
"This list includes two officials of the GRU, as well as the head and deputy head of the GRU, responsible for the storage, transportation, and use of a toxic nerve agent in Salisbury on March 4, 2018," the EU stated.
The Syrian Research Center is responsible for the nerve agent attacks in the SAR, including the alleged one in the Duma in April 2018. This was stated by British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt.
The Russian Foreign Ministry describes the accusation of Russia in the poisoning of Skripal as incapable of criticism.
“We reserve the right to respond to this unfriendly action,” the ministry commented on the new sanctions list.
Vyacheslav Abroskin believes that the influence of criminal leaders extends from control over the collection of money obtained by criminal means to control in the field of energy and natural resources extraction.