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EU vows: Putin will be held responsible for Navalny's death

2024-02-19 16:51:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

EU vows: Putin will be held responsible for Navalny's death

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell vowed to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

He made the comments after a meeting he held in Brussels with his widow, Yulia Navalnaya.

Navalny's death in an Arctic prison last week shocked Russia's opposition-in-exile, which, like the West, pointed the finger of blame at the Kremlin.

"We expressed the EU's deepest condolences to Yulia Navalnaya. Vladimir Putin and his regime will bear responsibility for the death of Alexei Navalny," Borrell wrote on the X platform.

"As Yulia also said, Putin is not Russia. Russia is not Putin. We will continue our support for Russia's civil society and independent media," he added.

Navalnaya addressed EU foreign ministers in Brussels after vowing to continue her husband's fight against Putin's brutal control of Russia.

EU ministers discussed options to impose new costs on the Kremlin after Navalny's death.

The EU has already imposed sanctions on Moscow, including Putin, because of the invasion of Ukraine.

But Borrell said he expects EU member states to propose new sanctions against those directly responsible for Navalny's treatment, including Russia's prison system.

He also said that Brussels will rename the blacklist of global sanctions for human rights according to Navalny.

The Kremlin denied having a hand in Navalny's death./ Rel

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