Boris Johnson’s government has called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Alexei Navalny
The British government does not rule out that new sanctions may be imposed on Russia because of the situation around opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
This, as reported by Reuters, said the United Kingdom Minister of State for Europe Wendy Morton.
“We are constantly considering the possibility of imposing new sanctions,” she said, speaking in the House of Commons on January 27.
But in response to a call from a British MP to exclude the Russian delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Morton said she would not discuss future sanctions “because it might undermine their effectiveness.”
“Mr. Navalny was the victim of a heinous crime, and we call for his immediate and unconditional release,” the official said.
Wendy Morton also condemned the violence against protesters in support of the opposition leader that took place in many Russian cities.
In addition, she said, there can be no normalization of bilateral relations between Moscow and London as long as Russia continues to behave the way it is behaving now.
Recall that the European Union has not yet imposed sanctions because of Navalny’s arrest and reprisals against the demonstrators who supported him, but this scenario is not ruled out.
G7 foreign ministers called on Russian authorities to release opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
“We, the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, and the United States, as well as the high representative of the EU, are united in condemning the politically motivated arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny,” the statement said.
Diplomats also expressed deep concern about the detention of thousands of peaceful demonstrators and journalists and called on Russia to comply with its international and domestic obligations.
They also called on Russian authorities to release those detained for exercising their right to peaceful assembly on January 23. “The violent suppression of the right of citizens to express their opinions by police forces is unacceptable,” the statement reads.
The foreign ministers recalled that the European Court of Human Rights did not uphold the court rulings for which Navalny had been arrested.
Just to remind you, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that Navalny has allegedly repeatedly grossly violated Russian law by engaging in large-scale fraud, so he should be punished for that and kept behind bars.
It was also reported that more than 3,700 people were detained at rallies in support of Navalny. Many were detained for calling for participation in the rally because it was unsanctioned.