The high representative of the European Union for foreign policy, Josep Borrell, recalled this Saturday the Russian opponent Alexei Navalny two years after his poisoning and called for his immediate release from prison.
“The EU continues to condemn in the strongest possible terms the attempt to assassinate Mr Navalny by poisoning with a military chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group. We call on the Russian Federation to honor its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Conventions to investigate it with full transparency and without further delay,” Borrell said in a statement.
The EU “reiterates its call on Russia to comply with its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights”, which includes an interim measure from the European Court of Human Rights requiring Navalny to be released immediately.
In particular, the EU deplores “the recent unjustified disciplinary measures” taken by the prison authorities against Navalny and holds the Russian authorities responsible for his safety and health.
Borrell also asked Moscow for full cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
He also condemned the outlawing of Navalny’s organization and his regional offices and “continuous persecution and imprisonment” of Navalny and members of his team.
The EU regrets “Russia’s unjustified, unprovoked and illegal war against Ukraine” which “has amplified internal repression” in that country and the measures against critics of the Kremlin and civil society as a whole, added Borrell.
The Twenty-Seven responded to Navalny’s poisoning by imposing restrictive measures against six senior Russian officials and one entity.