EU calls on Russia to release Navalny

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrel, said that the EU calls on Russia to “immediately” release Alexei Navalny.

The corresponding statement of the Barrel is published on the website of the European External Relations Service.

“The EU reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of Navalny, as well as all citizens and journalists detained for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech,” the statement said.

On February 2, the Simonovsky Court in Moscow replaced Navalny’s suspended sentence with a real one.

After that, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States called for the release of Navalny. French President Emmanuel Macron also called for Navalny’s release.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in response to these statements noted that Moscow calls not to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that in the West, hysteria is going off the scale in connection with the situation with Navalny. He also noted that the media coverage of the demonstrations in Russia and in the West suffers from obvious double standards.

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