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European Union leaders call on Russia to immediately release Alexei Navalny

EU summit host Charles Michel said the leaders "expect Russia to urgently proceed with the independent and transparent investigation into the attack on his life"

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European Union | Russia | Alexei Navalny

AP  |  Brussels 

On Monday, the hospital said he had been removed from mechanical ventilation and was able to leave his bed for short periods of time
Navalny was arrested last Sunday at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin.

The used a video summit of its 27 leaders to call on to immediately release opposition leader and make sure that his rights are fully respected.

Navalny was arrested last Sunday at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin.

EU summit host Charles Michel said the leaders expect to urgently proceed with the independent and transparent investigation into the attack on his life."

Michel also insisted that Moscow fully cooperate with the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to ensure an impartial investigation" is carried out into the attack.

came under renewed pressure after Navalny's arrest to explain the nerve agent attack on the opposition figure the annual meeting of the global chemical weapons watchdog.

Police on Thursday also took into custody two top associates of Navalny ahead of planned protests against his detention.

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First Published: Fri, January 22 2021. 06:48 IST
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