EU President Michel Warns Putin About Navalny
The EU is unanimous in condemning the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and calling for his immediate release.
The 27 EU leaders will hold a “strategic debate” on the issue in March on EU-Russia relations, EU President Charles Michel said in a telephone conversation with President Vladimir Putin. The EU foreign ministers will meet on Monday to discuss the possible extension of sanctions against Russia.
Russian authorities arrested the Kremlin critic in Moscow last weekend. He returned to his home country after recovering from poisoning in Germany, according to Navalny at the behest of Putin.
According to the Russian authorities, he was arrested for not complying with his suspended prison sentence conditions.
The matter was discussed at an EU summit on Thursday evening. The President of the European Council conveyed the 27’s call to Putin to “continue the investigation into the attempted murder of his person, in full transparency and without further delay,” and respect Navalni’s rights. He is now in a notorious Moscow prison.