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Polish President urges EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Andrzej Duda has called on the EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia, following the detention of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny
08:43, 25 January 2021

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Polish President Andrzej Duda has called on the EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia, following the detention of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, as DW reports.

Related: US State Department condemns Russia's 'harsh tactics' against protesters

“The only way to (avoid conflict) is to force international law to be observed. The only way to do this without rifles, cannons and bombs is via sanctions. So we are ready to help build consensus on that issue,” Duda said.

Duda also said that the EU’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell should re-consider plans to visit Russia next month unless Navalny is released.

Related: Rally in support of Navalny held near Russian Embassy in Ukraine

EU foreign ministers are due to discuss their response to Navalny’s detention on Monday, following demonstrations across Russia over the weekend at which some 3,500 protesters were arrested.

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.

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 Baltic countries called for the imposition of EU sanctions against Russian officials involved in the suppression of protests in support of Alexei Navalny

"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," Estonian Foreign Minister wrote.

The message also notes that this is a joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.

Related: Navalny′s wife Yulia detained at Moscow protest

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