The presidents spoke, among other things, about Alexei Navalny’s recent arrest and its impact on Russian-European relations. – I’ve had a long discussion with Putin and we’ve discussed Navalny’s situation. However, I won’t go into details of the conversation – He said, quoting, Sauli Niinistö. He added that he believed the Russian authorities had used “strict measures”, especially since Navalny’s voluntary return to Russia. Politicians also discussed the issue of relations between world powers and arms control.

Niinistö is one of the few European Union leaders who has maintained regular dialogue with them Put it in. Their last face-to-face meeting took place in Helsinki in August 2019. Now, for pandemiêIt’s impossible.

The European Parliament has called for an immediate suspension of Nord Stream 2 construction

On Thursday, the European Parliament called for an immediate halt to the construction of Nord Stream 2. Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution on this issue regarding the arrest of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny in Moscow on Sunday and demanded his release. The decision that was adopted is not binding, but rather political pressure on the countries of the European Union.

Members of the European Parliament have also called for sanctions against the oligarchy who finance the regime in Russia and their close associates. Russian President Vladimir Putin With families with properties and accounts in European banks in the European Union. An excerpt from the decision reads: “The European Union should not be a friendly place for Russian wealth with unclear origins.” Members of the European Parliament also believe that the European Union should develop a new strategy for contacts with Russia, which will mainly focus on supporting civil society.

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Navalny is arrested

– Alexei Navalny has been in custody at the police station since Sunday evening the police In Khimki, a suburb of Moscow, opposition lawyer Vyacheslav Jimadi said. The exhibitors returned to Russia after five months of treatment in Germany. Since August, Berlin doctors have taken care of him, who determined that he was killed with military poison. He was arrested while passport control. According to attorney Olga Mikhailovna, the opposition activist was in the airport transit area. This means that he was officially banned from crossing the Russian border for a long time. Only at night his lawyers announced that he was transferred to the Khimki police station near Moscow. However, none of the defenders saw Navalny, because the police stated that the opponent was sleeping.

According to the Russian authorities, the arrest is linked to the alleged “multiple violations” of the terms of his 2014 suspension for the alleged fraud. He remains in detention until the court decides on this case. Threatened with imprisonment of up to 3.5 years.

On Monday, a Russian court decided to detain Alexei Navalny for 30 days.

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This is how Navalny’s relatives described the events before moving to Berlin