BRUSSELS, March 18. /TASS/. The EU does not have enough grounds to impose sanctions on major Russian businessmen, a high-level EU source told journalists Thursday ahead of the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers that will take place on March 22.
"Sanctions are based on evidence which must be substantial, because there is law and a court. The political goal of sanctions is to change the behavior. An oligarch may turn up on the list one day, not because he is an oligarch, but rather for certain actions," the source said, adding that the EU imposes sanctions on people deemed responsible for crimes and violations.
The EU Foreign Ministers are expected to approve new restrictions for persons, including Russian citizens, whom the EU deemed responsible for violations of human rights.
On March 2, the EU has imposed sanctions via a new human rights mechanism for the first time. Brussels included four Russian citizens in the list: Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin, Federal Penitentiary Service head Alexander Kalashnikov and Russian National Guard commander Viktor Zolotov. According to the EU, all four are responsible for the sentence to blogger Alexey Navalny.