Posted by: Daniela Socolovschi
News / International
25 Jan. 2021 / 20:15
EU foreign ministers are examining a possible response to Russia in the Navalny case
EU foreign ministers are analyzing the EU bloc's response to Russia following the arrest of Aleksei Navalny. The EU's response will also include mass arrests during large weekend demonstrations across the country. Several EU foreign ministers said they did not tolerate the actions and called for the release of protesters. On the other hand, the Kremlin administration qualifies both the protest measures and the revelations made by Alexei Navalnii as an informational attack on Vladimir Putin, informs Moldova 1.
The three Baltic countries are calling for tougher EU sanctions against Moscow, but most Member States seem inclined to wait before deciding on stricter measures against the Russian Federation. However, most European governments condemn the aggressive actions of Russian law enforcement after the arrest of 2,500 people during Saturday's protests.
"First, we will deal with the worrying events in the Russian Federation where more than 3,000 people have been detained. This wave of arrests worries us a lot, as does the detention of Navalny," said Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief.
"The Russian constitution gives all Russian citizens the right to express their opinion freely and to participate in demonstrations. Those who protested peacefully should be released unconditionally. The German government cannot tolerate the arrest of the opponent Alexei Navalnai, and this is also true for all the actions carried out during the protests," said Heiko Maass, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Following his arrest on January 17, Aleksei Navalny retaliated last week by broadcasting an investigation into the huge property that would benefit the president of the Russian Federation on the Black Sea coast and whose construction would have cost more than 1 billion euros. On the other hand, the Kremlin authorities describe these revelations as an informational attack on the Russian president.
"The so-called revelations concerning the alleged properties of Vladimir Putin are false. Both the protests and all the actions, such as that video, are part of an information attack on the Kremlin leader," said Vladimir Peskov, the spokesman for Putin.
Navalny was arrested at the passport checkpoint at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after returning from Berlin, where he had been hospitalized since August last year for poisoning with the neurotoxic agent Noviciok. The Russian government wants Alexei Navalny to be sentenced to more than 13 years in prison in a case in which he is accused of embezzling donations made by his supporters.