28 February 2021,   09:46
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MEPs call for additional EU sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s imprisonment

MEPs strongly condemn Alexei Navalny’s arrest and call on the EU to extend sanctions against Russian officials to cover those involved in his jailing.


In a debate with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, MEPs called on the Russian authorities to immediately release Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, stressing that his arrest and the way it happened clearly contravene international law and the Russian constitution.


MEPs also demand that EU sanctions currently being applied to Russian officials responsible for poisoning Navalny should be enlarged to cover those involved in his imprisonment. For all such purposes, the EU must not hesitate to use its new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, members stressed.

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