EU foreign ministers will decide on sanctions for the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navaln and repression against protesters, the Foreign Ministry said.
“The Kremlin does not respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of its citizens, it ignores the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights. According to the Kremlin, the safest way is when opposition leaders are behind bars, poisoned with military-level chemicals or simply shot, ”says Minister G. Landsbergis.
On the eve of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting, at the initiative of Lithuania, a group of European diplomats met informally with A. Navalnas’ comrades Leonid Volkov and Ivan Ždanov.
“The aim was to hear about the situation in Russia first-hand, from those people who represent the Russian opposition, who are working with Mr Navaln in prison. The meeting was a real success, with a large number of foreign ministers and an even larger group of ambassadors, ”G. Landsbergis said by telephone from the BNS in Brussels on Sunday evening.
The minister said he hoped ministers would decide on sanctions on Monday because “a promise was made in the last council that if Navaln is convicted and remains in prison, then Europe should agree on sanctions.” “I very much hope that that consensus will be found tomorrow,” Landsbergis summed up.
EU foreign ministers will also speak remotely with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a meeting on Monday, meeting with International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatu Bensuda.
Mr Navaln’s imprisonment has recently sparked mass protests in Russia, with at least 10,000 people detained. people.
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