EU foreign ministers will discuss the latest developments in Russia next Monday.
Foreign minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) calls for the release of protesters arrested in Russia. Also the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö commented on the messaging service on Twitter the situation is serious.
In Russia, thousands of people have been arrested on Saturday as an opposition politician Alexei Navalnyita supportive demonstrations. A total of tens of thousands of people from all over Russia have taken part in the protests.
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Foreign minister Haavisto demands the release of the detainees in a statement issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Among those arrested has been Navalny’s spouse Julia Navalnaya.
“The arrests of Julia Navalnya and other peaceful protesters in Russia today are not acceptable,” Haavisto says.
Haavisto also said that the EU foreign ministers are scheduled to discuss the situation next Monday, January 25.
President Niinistö says on Twitter that the situation in Russia is serious. Niinistö also calls on the EU foreign ministers to take a unified line of action, referring to Monday’s debate.
Speaker Anu Vehviläinen (center) has shared Niinistö’s message and commented that he viewed the situation “seriously”.
“Opportunities for the opposition and democratic values are now being tested,” Vehviläinen wrote on Twitter.
Also Minister of Climate and Environment Krista Mikkonen (vihr) recently commented on Twitter that “what is happening in Moscow today is not acceptable”.
Mixed In his statements, Niinistö and Haavisto refer to the EU Director for External Relations Josep Borrellin to a tweet in which he says he is following events in Russia with concern.
“I deplore the large-scale arrests, the disproportionate use of force, the disconnection of the internet and telephone connections,” Borrell wrote.
In addition for example, the British Foreign Office has commented on the events in Russia.
“We are deeply concerned about the arrests of peaceful protesters and will continue to monitor the situation closely,” the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“We encourage the Russian government to respect and abide by its international human rights commitments and to release citizens detained during peaceful demonstrations.”