Europe will impose a fresh round of sanctions on Russian officials behind the "arrest and sentencing and persecution" of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, as tensions between Brussels and Moscow intensify.
A Moscow court upheld a three-year jail term for Navalny at the weekend on charges of violating probation while he was in Germany recovering from a poisoning. He was also convicted of defaming a war veteran on Twitter. Navalny says both charges are politically-led.
Speaking after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, the bloc's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said Russia was "drifting towards an authoritarian state and driving away from Europe."
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