According to Chair of European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister, the detention of Navalny is ‘a blatant violation of the international law’. MEP Isabel Santos noted that the arrest of Navalny after return to Moscow was ‘unacceptable’.
“Responsible for arrest should be included in the sanctions list,” she underlined.
MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, responsible for relations with Russia at the Alliance 90/The Greens, urged the governments of Germany and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2 as the response to the arrest of Navalny.
It is noted that High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell called the arrest of the Russian oppositionist unacceptable.
“The rights of Mr. Navalny should be respected unconditionally and any appliance of justice for political purposes is absolutely unacceptable,” he underlined.
Besides, Borrell noted that any decisions toward the sanctions against Russia fall within the ambit of the Council of the European Union. According to Borrell, the issue of the arrest of Navalny would be included in agenda of the Council of the EU on foreign affairs on January 25.
“The European Union is ready to resort to all means, including the restrictive measures, if the state-members consider these measures as necessary,” he said.
As we reported earlier, 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.
It is worth noting that he has been on the country's federal wanted list since December 29, 2020, for repeated violations of the probationary period - Navalny is currently sentenced to conditional punishment.
On January 18, at Khimki police station, the trial over Navalny took place. According to his lawyer Vadim Kobzev, Navalny was arrested for 30 days.
Prior to that, the politician stayed in Germany, being treated at the Charite clinic and recovering from the poisoning by Novichok nerve agent in August 2020. The Russian law enforcers prosecute Navalny for "evading control measures", as he is the defendant in the Yves-Rocher case (2014). Navalny himself calls the case trumped-up and politically motivated.
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