A senior European Union official told Russia n President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Friday to release opposition politician Alexei Navalny and demanded an investigation into the Kremlin critic's poisoning last August.
Reuters Staff2 Min ReadFILE PHOTO: European Council President Charles Michel chairs a video conference of the members of the European Council on COVID-19 in Brussels, Belgium January 21, 2021. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERSBRUSSELS (Reuters) - A senior European Union official told Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Friday to release opposition politician Alexei Navalny and demanded an investigation into the Kremlin critic’s poisoning last August.
Navalny was detained in Russia on Sunday after flying home from Germany for the first time since being poisoned with what tests conducted at a German military laboratory showed was a military-grade nerve agent.“In my call with President Putin today, I reiterated (that the) EU is united in its condemnation of Alexei Navalny’s detention and calls for his immediate release,” European Council President Charles Michel, who chairs EU summits, wrote on Twitter.
“Russia must urgently proceed with full and transparent investigation into the assassination attempt on him.”Navalny says Putin was behind his poisoning last August, a version of events that the Kremlin rejects. The Kremlin says it has seen no evidence that Navalny was poisoned. headtopics.com
“The president of the European Council informed President Putin of the grave concern in the EU and its member states over recent developments,” Michel’s office said in an official EU statement, referring to Navalny.EU foreign ministers are expected to debate more economic sanctions on Russian individuals on Monday in Brussels.
EU lawmakers passed a resolution on Thursday calling for the bloc to stop the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will take Russian natural gas to Europe, in response to Navalny’s arrest.Reporting by Robin Emmott, Editing by Timothy HeritageRead more: Reuters Top News »
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to eucopresident stop meddling! Where is the verification ? Who is the Crook, Fruadster and Foreign agent paid for by cia and Khodorkovski He should have called Britain to release Assange far more important person than a right wing racist charlatan.. I'm sure Vladimir was left shaking in his boots and after he recovered a bit, he personally went to wherever they hold Navalny, to free and guide him out 🤣
Stop the pipeline, either way. As an International Soldier for Democracy, Putin doesn't deserve a narrative. - Hello Vladimir? - Oh hello Charles - I think you should release Navalny - No - Come on, I think that... - Nope - Well, goodbye then - Bye Right. Well, good luck. They don’t tend to listen to demands?
'Please leave a message after the beep.' 🤣 this is a hilarious thing to do. Is it like when they told him he can't annex another country's territory? How did that workout for them?