The US and EU countries called for the release of Navalny. Russian Foreign Ministry in response advised to tackle their own problems
The US condemns the detention of Russian politician Alexei Navalny and calls for his immediate release. This statement was made by the head of the US Department of State Mike Pompeo, it was published on the department’s website.
Confident political leaders are not afraid of competing votes, and do not commit violence or illegal detention of political opponents.
Jake Sullivan, who will be appointed National Security Advisor after his inauguration by President-elect Joe Biden, has also demanded Navalny’s release.
The Kremlin’s attacks on Mr Navalny are not just a violation of human rights, but a challenge to the Russian people who want their voice to be heard.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova, in response to Sullivan’s post, called on foreign diplomats to “respect international law, not encroach on the national legislation of sovereign states and tackle problems in your own country.”
In addition to the United States, the detention of Navalny was also criticized by Canada and the EU member states, in particular, Germany , France , Austria , Poland , the Czech Republic and the Baltic countries . Sources of TASS in Brussels said that on January 18 this topic will be discussed in the European Parliament, and on January 25 – in the EU Council.
Alexei Navalny was detained on January 17 at Sheremetyevo airport – immediately after returning from Germany, where he was treated for almost five months from Novichkom poisoning.
Navalny was detained at the request of the Federal Penitentiary Service, which is seeking to have his suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case replaced with a real one in connection with the “evasion of control” of the inspection.
Navalny’s team called on the politician’s supporters to meet him at Vnukovo airport, where his plane was originally supposed to land. However, those gathered in Vnukovo were dispersed by riot police ( more than 60 people were detained ), and Navalny’s flight was put in Sheremetyevo instead of Vnukovo.