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EU High Representative condemned Navalny’s verdict
The EU emphasizes that the court’s decision contradicts Russia’s international obligations in the field of human rights
EU High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU condemned the verdict handed down on Tuesday to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
“The European Union condemns the decision of the Russian authorities to pass a sentence on Mr. Navalny, which is considered unacceptable due to his political motivation and contrary to Russia’s international human rights obligations,” Borrell said in a statement..
“The European Union has repeatedly called on Russia to fulfill its national and international obligations to respect and ensure human rights and equality before the law, including the right to a fair trial. The EU reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr Navalny, as well as all citizens and journalists detained for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech. These events confirm the ongoing negative tendency to reduce the space for the activities of the opposition, civil society, as well as the expression of independent opinion in the Russian Federation, ”the document says..
The statement explains that the European Union will return to consideration of this issue at the upcoming meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, where it will discuss the consequences of the situation and possible further actions..
Recall that on February 2, Alexei Navalny was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison in connection with a violation of the rules for serving a suspended sentence, allegedly committed while he was being treated in Germany for poisoning with a chemical warfare agent.
The European Court of Human Rights in 2017 found the conviction of Navalny inappropriate and manifestly unfounded.
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