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Joint Statement on the expulsion of three EU diplomats from Russia

Brussels, 8 February 2021 - "We strongly condemn the recent decision by the Russian Federation to expel from the country three EU diplomats, respectively from Germany, Poland and Sweden. The expulsion of those diplomats is utterly unjustified and runs counter to the letter and spirit of the Vienna convention, which explicitly allows diplomats to ascertain by all lawful means conditions and developments in the receiving State, and report thereon to the Government of the sending State.

We therefore urge the Russian Federation to respect international law and reverse its decision. A failure to do so would be yet another signal of the will of the Russian Federation to disrespect the international commitments it has freely assumed.

In this respect, we ask all EU Member States to show maximum solidarity with Germany, Poland and Sweden and take all appropriate steps to show the cohesiveness and strength of our Union." [...]

Statement on Alexei Navalny's sentence of 2 February 2021

Brussels, 3 February 2021 - "Mr Alexei Navalny was brave returning to his own country on 17 January, after recovering in the EU from the attempted murder by poisoning with a military-grade nerve agent that he suffered last August in Siberia. Regretfully he was immediately arrested upon his entry in the country. I am appalled to learn now that he has received a three and a half years prison sentence by a Moscow Court on Tuesday 2 February 2021. Reactivating a 2014 suspended sentence, which was defined by the European Court of Human Rights as 'arbitrary and unreasonable', because he was not reporting to the authorities while he was in hospital fighting for his life is preposterous. Mr Navalny is meant now to serve unfairly two years and eight months in jail, after already being in the past ten months under house arrest for this same sentence." [...]

Joint statement on political crisis in Belarus & Russia's role in finding a solution

Brussels, 9 September 2020 - "The human rights situation in Belarus, which was already preoccupying, has taken a dramatic turn for the worse since the Presidential election of 9 August. Mr Alyaksandr Lukashenka has not conceded his electoral defeat, nor does he seem ready to relinquish power. Peaceful rallies of unprecedented proportions have flared up across the country to denounce fraud and demand change. Ignoring the calls of its own people and of the international community, Mr Lukashenka's crumbling regime is resorting to all-out repression and violence to quell popular discontent.[...]

Statement on the poisoning of Mr. Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent

Brussels, 4 September 2020 - "The findings, recently announced by the German government, that specialists have confirmed unequivocal evidence that Mr Alexei Navalny has been poisoned with a chemical nerve-agent (Novichok), and the fact that his health remains in a serious condition at the Charité hospital in Berlin, are very disturbing news.

We call on the Russian authorities to launch immediately a transparent investigation to punish severely the perpetrators and organisers of this horrible crime, which is projected also over the numerous Russian citizens supporting Mr Navalny and his initiatives. [...]