The EU’s foreign minister will consider a possible “next step” against Russia after the Kremlin of Western countries condemned the harsh Kremlin behavior for the release of opposition politician Alexey Navalny.
The United States, the European Union and Britain joined in criticism of Vladimir Putin’s government on Sunday, with France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, calling the mass arrests of thousands of protesters in many cities of Russia “unbearable conflict” and ” A slide for “. Totalitarianism ”.
On Sunday, clashes broke out in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and other cities and some demonstrators clashed with rioters in body armor and helmets. Dozens of people were injured.
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has called on the European Union to lift sanctions against Russia for the treatment of Navalny, who was arrested last weekend after he first returned to Russia from Germany with a nerve agent for poisoning.
“There is only one way [avoid conflict] International law is bound to be seen. The only way to do this without rifles, cannons and bombs is through sanctions, ”Duda told the Financial Times.
The Polish leader also said that Josep Borel, the EU’s head of foreign affairs, should reconsider his plan to go to Russia next month until Navalny is released.
European Union foreign ministers were expected to discuss their reaction to Navalny’s detention on Monday, with Burrell saying the “next steps” will be discussed.
Manfred Weber, Germany’s senior conservative and head of the center-right EPP group in the EU parliament, told Germany’s RND newspaper group that arrests of protesters should not be tolerated and Russia should face financial sanctions.
“It is unacceptable that the Russian leadership is trying to reduce the number of protests by arresting thousands of protesters.
“The European Union’s foreign ministers are not allowed to dodge it once again and hold off on general appeals,” Weber said. “The EU has to take a hit, where it damages the Putin system – and it’s money,” Weber said.
In addition, a threat to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which doubles natural gas distribution from Russia to Germany, should keep Weber on the table.
A spokesman for the German government declined to comment on whether Berlin was asked whether it was ready to support new sanctions against Russia following Navalny’s arrest.
European Union lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution calling for the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a response to Naul’s arrest.
The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, who has continued to withdraw the project despite criticism elsewhere in the European Union, said on Thursday that her view of the project had not changed despite the Navy’s case.
During the protests, the US Embassy spokesman in Moscow, Rebecca Rose, said on Twitter that “America supports peaceful protest, the right of all people to freedom of expression.” The steps being taken by the Russian authorities are suppressing those rights ”. The embassy also tweeted a State Department statement asking for Navalni’s release.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the US comments were “inappropriate”, and accused Washington of “interfering in our internal affairs”.