Navalny protests: EU to consider ‘next steps’ after Russia carries out mass arrests
Poland and senior German leader call for more sanctions as bloc’s foreign ministers meet to discuss detention of Kremlin critic
as he returned to Russia from Germany for the first time since being poisoned with a nerve agent.“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,” Duda told the Financial Times.
The Polish leader also said EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell should reconsider plans to visitRussianext month unless Navalny is released.EU foreign ministers were expected to discuss their response to Navalny’s detention on Monday, with Borrell saying the “next steps” will be discussed.
Manfred Weber, a senior German conservative and head of the centre-right EPP grouping in the EU parliament, told Germany’s RND newspaper group that the arrest of protesters should not be tolerated and that Russia should face financial sanctions.“It’s unacceptable that the Russian leadership is trying to make short work of the burgeoning protests by arresting thousands of demonstrators. headtopics.com
“The EU foreign ministers are not allowed to dodge this once again and stop at general appeals,” Weber said. “The EU has to hit where it really hurts the Putin system – and that’s the money,” Weber said, adding that the bloc should cut financial transactions from Putin’s inner circle.
Read moreIn addition, a threat to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is meant to double natural gas deliveries from Russia to Germany, must remain on the table, Weber added.A German government spokeswoman declined to comment when asked whether Berlin was willing to support new sanctions against Russia following Navalny’s arrest.
EU lawmakers passed a resolution on Thursday calling for the bloc to stop the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a response to Navalny’s arrest.Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, who has continued to back the project despite criticism elsewhere in the EU, said on Thursday her view of the project had not changed despite the Navalny case.
During the protests, a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Moscow, Rebecca Ros, said on Twitter that “the US supports the right of all people to peaceful protest, freedom of expression. Steps being taken by Russian authorities are suppressing those rights”. The embassy also tweeted a state department statement calling for Navalny’s release. headtopics.com
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said comments by the US were “inappropriate,”, and accused washington of “interference in our internal affairs”. Read more: The Guardian »
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Navalny and Assange. Compare and contrast the media coverage or lack of it. One gets a year for embezzlement the other 175 years for doing journalism. Sanctions! Sanction the hell out of Putin and his oligarchs. “A slide towards authoritarianism”, said the French FM. Really? That’s the best you can do? Good luck, Europe, you’re going to need it.
One seriously wonders at the publicity given to convicted felon,Alexi Navalny! Surely,if human rights groups were serious about truth and justice, why haven't we heard more from them on Julian Assange?Julian's crime, not a convicted fraudster, but an honest Australiian journalist I am having flashbacks to the Polish Solidarity Movement
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