In a letter despatched to the EU’s international coverage chief, Josep Borrell, the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states have referred to as for “additional firm diplomatic measures” to push Russian authorities for the discharge of Kremlin critic and opposition chief Alexei Navalny, after a shock listening to dominated he’ll stay in custody till February 15.
The Latvian FM, Edgar Rinkevics alongside together with his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis and the Estonian Urmas Reinsalu mentioned that “it is necessary to take additional firm diplomatic measures to increase pressure upon official Russian authorities that would facilitate the release of Mr.Navalny,” including that the problem ought to be mentioned throughout subsequent week’s Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), throughout which, additional restrictive measures could possibly be launched.
“If the Russian authorities continue to violate Mr. Navalny’s right to liberty and security, we would suggest you to consider postponing your visit to Moscow that is scheduled for the beginning of February,” their joint letter additional reads.
Joint letter of the Baltic Foreign Ministers to the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy @JosepBorrellF concerning detention and arrest of the chief of Russian opposition chief Alexei @navalny pic.twitter.com/FOkPWkjmnJ
— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) January 18, 2021
Earlier within the day, Linkevicius had tweeted that “EU sanctions is a must” as Navalny’s arrest for 30 days following “surrealistic court proceedings “showed that “there are no limits for immorality and insanity.”
Navalny has been detained by officers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service upon his arrival to Moscow from Germany, the place he has been convalescing after being poisoned with Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent.