Russian opposition personage Navalny returned to Russia from Germany on the 17th and was arrested immediately after passing the border inspection.
Since then, some European and American countries have expressed opposition to this and demanded that Russia release Navalny.
According to a report by the Russian Satellite News Agency on the 18th, the Information Office of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying, “France is very concerned about Russia’s arrest of Navalny.
France is closely monitoring the situation with its European partners and calling on Russia to release him immediately.”
Earlier, Sullivan, the assistant to national security affairs nominated by U.S. President-designate Biden, also said on social media that Navalny should be released immediately and those who attacked him should be held legally responsible.
Sullivan also pointed out that [arresting Navalny] not only violated human rights, but also insulted the Russian people who wanted their voices to be heard.
In addition, it is reported that the President of the European Council, the foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and the foreign ministries of Denmark and Austria have also expressed solidarity with Navalny.
The President of the European Parliament announced his intention to invite Navalny to the European Parliament.
In response to the above-mentioned European and American countries’ call for the release of Navalny, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Zaharova responded, “I want to say to Mr. Sullivan (and many other foreign activists who commented) that please respect international law, do not violate the national laws of sovereign countries, and deal with your own problems.”
According to previous reports, Navalny was sentenced to prison on suspicion of money laundering and fraud, and his sentence was suspended until the end of December 2020.
On August 20, 2020, Navalny suddenly fell into a coma on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow, suspected of poisoning. Navalny was later allowed to leave the country for treatment in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.
Since then, European countries such as Germany said that the investigation found that Navalny was in the “Novichok” type of nerve agents. Russia denied that Europe accused it of leading the “poisoning” of Navalny.