Russian politician, Alina Kabaeva, has been included in the sixth proposed package of European Union sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
According to two European diplomatic sources, the retired individual rhythmic gymnast was said to be previously romantically linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
An EU Commission source revealed to CNN that names can be taken off or added at member state discretion.
However, the decision will be made after a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium, since the EU has not officially signed off on the draft proposal but could do so on Friday.
In reaction to the development, one of the diplomatic sources who spoke to CNN on Friday morning said, “Discussions are going on. It’s not a piece of cake, but we have to wait and see.”
Meanwhile, Putin has denied a relationship with her Kabaeva, who was born in 1983. But sources say she was first linked to Putin more than a decade ago, while she was a medal-winning gymnast.
Based on the alleged relationship both of them have, there is a debate whether or not to place sanctions on Kabaeva over concerns that the move might escalate tensions even more because it could be an extreme personal blow to Putin.