EU calls on Russia to release Navalny immediately, demands probe

by Reuters
Thursday, 21 January 2021 21:56 GMT

BRUSSELS, Jan 21 (Reuters) - European Council President Charles Michel called on Moscow on Thursday to immediately release poisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who was detained when he returned to Russia from Germany last weekend.

Speaking after a meeting of European Union leaders, Michel told reporters that an impartial international probe should be carried out under the auspices of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into what happened to Navalny.

Navalny says Putin was behind his poisoning last August, a version of events that the Kremlin rejects.

The Kremlin says it has seen no evidence that Navalny was poisoned.

(Reporting by John Chalmers)

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.