Russian counter-sanctions on EU are part of new normal, Swedish expert says

The Russian embassy in Stockholm, Sweden on Februry 8, 2021. (Janerik Henriksson/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Russia slapped sanctions on eight officials from EU countries last week – including one from Sweden.
  • The action bars Åsa Scott, who heads up a lab at Sweden’s Defence Research Agency, and seven others from entering Russia after the EU recently sanctioned several Russians for human rights abuses.
  • Researcher Martin Kragh called the tit-for-tat situation a “new normality” for EU-Russian relations.
Radio Sweden report

For more on who Russia is singling out and why, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report

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