The European Union is stepping up its steps towards Russia and imposing unprecedented sanctions on figures close to Russian President Putin

The European Union imposed sanctions on Thursday, close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including a person known to be his cook, against the backdrop of the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the Kremlin’s interference in the Libyan war.

The European Union reported that Yevgeny Prigozhin, who dubbed “Putin’s chef” because the restaurant company he ran worked for the Kremlin, was undermining peace in Libya by supporting the private “Wagner” company that carries out military activities.

On Thursday, the British government announced that it would apply the sanctions imposed by the European Union on close to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the poisoning of the opposition Alexei Navalny.

A British Foreign Office statement stated that London “will apply the sanctions announced by the European Union against six individuals and an entity in connection with the poisoning and attempt to kill Mr. Navalny under the European Union’s regime on sanctions (for the use of) chemical weapons”.

In turn, Russia warned Thursday that the European Union had damaged its relations with Moscow by imposing sanctions on close associates of President Vladimir Putin over the poisoning of the dissident Alexei Navalny and the war in Libya.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “through this step the European Union damaged relations with our country,” describing the bloc’s measures as an “unfriendly step” on the part of the European Union and pledging that Russia would respond.

He also indicated that the move was illogical and expressed his regret over a decision that “puts relations between the European Union and Moscow on the line for the sake of a person whom Europe believes is an opposition leader”.