The bloc said it is ready to impose sanctions on Lebanon's ruling elite, including a travel ban and asset freeze, for obstructing the process of forming a functioning government.
A political crisis has left the country without a functioning government since the last one resigned after a massive explosion killed dozens and destroyed swathes of Beirut in August 2020.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the EU of trying to punish Moscow for its “independent foreign and domestic policies” and of trying to contain its development with “unlawful restrictions.”
The measures are part of a package of human rights sanctions targeting a dozen individuals from Myanmar, China, Russia, North Korea, Eritrea, South Sudan and Libya.
EU sanctions will hit military leaders responsible for the ouster of Aung San Suu Kyi but will not curtail its trade preferences for the Myanmar.
EU also threatened Belarus with more sanctions following the death of a 31-year-old protester who died in the hospital after being allegedly beaten by the police.
EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell says there is a clear will to adopt the sanctions, but the required unanimity was not reached, despite a plea for support from opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Crimea's rights ombudswoman says three sailors will be held until January 25 over accusations of crossing into Russian territory illegally. Russia holds over 20 sailors after seizing three of Kiev's ships off the coast of Crimea.
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