Canada discussed Alexei Navalny’s imprisonment with allies on an international conference call. Officials also spoke about possible steps after Russia expelled European Union diplomats last week.
After returning from Germany, Russian police arrested Putin’s famous critic and anti-corruption investigator, Alexei Navalny. He had spent five months previously to recover from nerve agent poisoning that he blames the Kremlin for. A Russian court ordered him to serve two years and eight months in prison; Claiming that he violated probation terms of his sentence for a 2014 money-laundering conviction.
Canada Discusses Navalny’s Imprisonment and Diplomat Expulsions with Allies
Representatives of the European Union, Britain, the U.S., Canada, and Ukraine had a virtual meeting; They discussed a possible response to Navalny’s imprisonment last week. The ambassador-designate to the EU, Ailish Campbell, represented Canada on the call. Officials also discussed Russia’s decision to expel diplomats from Sweden, Poland, and Germany after accusing them of attending a rally that supported Navalny.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, “Russia is progressively disconnecting itself from Europe and looking at democratic values as an existential threat.”
Last week, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, and the Czech Republic advocated for new sanctions on Russia. While Germany, Italy, and France want to give more time Kremlin to reconsider its decision.
Michael Chong, a critic of Conservative foreign affairs, urged the government to initiate sanctions under Magnitsky law. According to the law, the government can impose restrictions on foreign nationals who violate internationally recognized human rights.
Chong said in a media statement on Friday that tens of thousands of Russians have been participating in peaceful, nationwide protests in support of Alexei Navalny. Russian law enforcement officials have detailed, beat, and abused 5000 people, including journalists.