European leader Charles Michel said he telephoned Russian President Vladimir Putin this Friday, January 22. He demands the “immediate release” of the opponent Alexeï Navalny.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, made a point of sharing “serious concerns” of the’European Union on the situation ofAlexei Navalny. As reported by the French press, according to a statement, he also called “to full and unconditional respect for their rights”.
The European leader contacted Vladimir Poutine the day after a European summit to renew the demand of European leaders for the immediate release of Mr. Navalny.
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Sunday January 17, Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow after receiving care in Germany following poisoning with a nerve agent. TheEuropean Union had sanctioned several members of the entourage of Vladimir Poutine who were accused of being part of a plot to kill the Russian opponent.
This Monday, January 25, the foreign ministers ofEU must initiate a reflection on the measures to be adopted to support the requests for release ofAlexei Navalny. However, no decision should be made during this meeting.
Too, Charles Michel informed the Russian president of the decision to convene “a strategic debate on EU-Russia relations” during the European summit in March.
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