The Baltic countries called for the imposition of EU sanctions against Russian officials involved in the suppression of protests in support of Alexei Navalny. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu announced this on Twitter.
"We strongly condemn the detention of peaceful protesters in Russia. They must be released immediately. All of us in the EU must be decisive in imposing restrictive measures against Russian officials responsible for arrests," Minister Reinsalu wrote.
The message also notes that this is a joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.
On Saturday, January 23, rallies began in various cities of Russia. Tens of thousands of people gathered to protest Navalny’s detention, demanding his immediate release.
As we reported earlier, the rally in support of Russian politician also took place near the building of the Russian embassy, in Solomyansky district of the Ukrainian capital. The rally was attended by about 30 people.
Navalny returned to Russia on January 17. Officers of the search department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia detained him right after his plane landed in Moscow.
Navalny, who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent and determined foe, had spent the previous five months in Germany recovering from a nerve agent attack that he blamed on the Kremlin. Navalny decided to leave Berlin of his own free will and wasn’t under any apparent pressure to leave Germany.
A number of countries have already condemned Russia's actions and called for additional sanctions against the country.