Russia has made it clear that it will reject the “sermons” of the West on the trial against opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which began Tuesday in Moscow. This is an issue on which, as I said, we are not prepared to hear any statements, we have no intention of responding to lectures or taking them into account, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov told reporters. on the upcoming visit of the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, to Moscow to discuss the so-called ‘Navalny case’, among other issues.
Peskov believes that relations between Russia and the European Union are unjustifiably frozen at the moment. Russia hopes that the prospects for bilateral relations will not depend on the Navalny case, the Kremlin spokesman added. And he warned that the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, will know how to respond to the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, if on Thursday he arrives with a “tough message” from the EU regarding the ‘Navalny case’.
Borrell’s visit to Moscow is scheduled for February 4, 5 and 6. European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said Monday that Borrell will deliver a very strong message on behalf of the EU countries during the trip to Russia.The Russian government has urged diplomats who appeared Tuesday at the opposition’s trial to refrain from intervening in Russia’s internal affairs.The spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajarova, believes that the arrival of some 20 representatives of the embassies of countries such as the United States, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Poland and other countries is an interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state “and shows the” reprehensible and illegal role of the West in its attempt to contain Russia.
The Spanish embassy asked to be present but, according to a spokesperson, did not receive permission.Up to three and a half years in prison, minus the 10 months he spent under house arrest. It is the time you can spend in the Navalny prison for an old sentence for corruption that you were serving under the open regime. Prison authorities accuse him of failing to show up for regular checks while in a coma in Germany after being poisoned. In the surroundings of the court, more than 200 protesters have been arrested.