Baltic foreign ministers issue statement on arrest of Alexey Navalny

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The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania issued a joint statement condemning the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by the Russian authorities in Moscow on January 17.

Foreign ministers Edgars Rinkēvičs of Latvia, Urmas Reinsalu of Estonia, and Gabrielius Landsbergis of Lithuania issued a joint statement on Sunday.

"Detaining Alexei Navalny by the Russian authorities is completely unacceptable. We demand his immediate release. The EU should act swiftly and if he is not released, we need to consider the imposition of restrictive measures in response to this blatant act," the statement was quoted on Foreign Ministry's website.

Navalny last August was poisoned in Russia with a Novichok nerve agent. He was taken to Germany for treatment.

On Sunday, returning from Berlin, he was detained on landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

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On January 18, Latvian President Egils Levits was among those condemning the actions of the Russian authorities.

 

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