EPP's McAllister says European Union should 'reassess' relations with Russian Federation after Navalny's arrest

  • EPP's McAllister says European Union should 'reassess' relations with Russian Federation after Navalny's arrest

EPP's McAllister says European Union should 'reassess' relations with Russian Federation after Navalny's arrest

Kremlin critic and famous Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail within hours of landing in Russia.

Legal pressure is ramping up against President Vladimir Putin's best-known domestic critic, who is due in court on defamation charges on Wednesday, as his allies in Russian Federation call for protests in Moscow this weekend.

Peskov said the Kremlin was also "troubled" by Navalny's calls to stage "illegal" protests after he was ordered jailed for 30 days on Monday.

Echoing the call by the bloc's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, McAllister asked for the immediate release of Navalny as well as of his supporters and journalists unlawfully detained in the country, citing that Moscow's move is a clear breach of global law and the country's constitution.

"We hear these statements".

Mr Peskov said Mr Navalny's calls for Russians to take to the streets over his detention were alarming, but that the Kremlin did not fear mass protests.

Leaders in several Western countries, many of whom have demanded answers from Russian Federation over the alleged poisoning attack against Navalny in August, have called for the Kremlin critic's immediate release.

"This is absolutely a domestic affair and we will not allow anyone to interfere in it", he said.

The Investigative Committee said at the time that the veteran had spoken out in a promotional video in favor of constitutional amendments passed last summer that allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in office until 2036.

In the video produced and recorded before his arrest, Navalny claims that the estate and grounds that Russian media had linked to Putin years ago is 39 times the size of Monaco.

Navalny and his supporters say both cases are politically motivated. Among the 3D images of interiors that the team said were created based on the floor plans and other sources were a hookah lounge, a small theater and a casino room. "It isn't a country house or a residence - it's an entire city, or rather a kingdom". Corruption, lies and lawlessness make the lives of each of us worse, poorer and shorter. Take to the streets.