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EU foreign policy chief condemns Russia’s move of expelling European diplomats

European Union's high representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell

Russia has expelled three European diplomats from Germany, Poland, and Sweden for participating in “illegal” rallies demanding the release of President Vladimir Putin’s biggest critic Alexey Navalny.

Brussels [Belgium], February 6: The European Union’s high representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell on Saturday condemned Russia’s move to expel European diplomats.

Russia has expelled three European diplomats from Germany, Poland, and Sweden for participating in “illegal” rallies demanding the release of President Vladimir Putin’s biggest critic Alexey Navalny.

“I strongly reject the decision. I reject the allegations that these diplomats were performing activities incompatible with their role as diplomats,” said Borrell.

Borrell said that EU-Russia relations are at their lowest level, but the bloc is not planning on issuing sanctions.
“For the time being there is no proposal but things can change, let’s see next week,” said Borrell. “This can be considered; nothing is excluded,” he added.

According to an official statement, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it had made formal protests to the embassies of Germany, Poland and Sweden.

Tens of thousands of Russians protested last weekend in support of the Kremlin critic who was detained upon returning to Russia from Germany after recovering from being poisoned, reported Euronews.

A Moscow court had sent Navalny to prison for more than two-and-a-half years. Politicians across the world have condemned the Moscow Court’s sentence of Navalny and called for his release.

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