EU's Michel phones Russia's Putin to demand Navalny's release

Reuters |
Published: 01.22.21 , 13:27
A senior European Union official told Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Friday to release opposition politician Alexei Navalny and demanded an investigation into the Kremlin critic's poisoning last August.
Navalny was detained in Russia on Sunday after flying home from Germany for the first time since being poisoned with what tests conducted at a German military laboratory showed was a military-grade nerve agent.
"In my call with President Putin today, I reiterated (that the) EU is united in its condemnation of Alexei Navalny's detention and calls for his immediate release," European Council President Charles Michel, who chairs EU summits, wrote on Twitter.
"Russia must urgently proceed with full and transparent investigation into the assassination attempt on him."