Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

The European Parliament has adopted the resolution on Russia’s recent actions: the current situation in Ukraine; the case of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader on a hunger strike for three weeks; and the recent reports of the involvement of Russian GRU intelligence services in the 2014 explosion of an arms depot in the Czech Republic.

The Greens/EFA Group condemns Russia’s provocations at the Ukrainian border, the incarceration and treatment of Alexei Navalny, as well as malign interference in the Czech Republic. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, along with the European Council, must demonstrate the EU’s solidarity by taking appropriate countermeasures.

Sergey Lagodinsky MEP, Greens/EFA Group spokesperson on Russia, comments:

“We welcome that MEPs clearly side with Alexei Navalny, his foundation and other persecuted people and condemn the military provocations on the Ukrainian border. We demand a strong stance from the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Clear red lines are needed for the EU’s relations with Russia, and this relationship must be based on respect for democracy and human rights.”

Markéta Gregorová, Pirate Party MEP and Greens/EFA Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, comments:

“Today’s debate shows that the people of the Czech Republic have the support of the whole European Parliament. Not only that our demands for compensation of families of the citizens who died in 2014 explosion in Vrbětice were included in the resolution, but that we are also supported in the exclusion of Rosatom from the Dukovany nuclear power plant tender. The reaction of the Russian government shows that when the EU stands together and speaks as one it has an impact. Let this be the lesson learned for our future dealings with Kremlin.”

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