Western diplomats in the situation with Alexei Navalny (the founder of the FBK – the fund is included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent ) act rudely. This was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry, TASS reports.
“This is not monitoring the process, but involvement,” the ministry said.
Earlier, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the EU foreign ministers would discuss further steps towards Russia due to the situation around Navalny. What exactly these steps may consist of and whether they imply the imposition of sanctions against Russia is not specified.
The day before, on February 2, the Simonovsky court in Moscow replaced Navalny's suspended sentence with a real one. Thus, the oppositionist was sentenced to 3.5 years in a general regime colony, but he will spend two years and eight months in prison, taking into account the year spent under house arrest during the preliminary investigation of the Yves Rocher case.
The meeting on the Navalny case was attended by about 20 employees of the embassies of foreign states, including the USA, Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia, Austria, Switzerland. According to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova, the appearance of foreign diplomats in court is a political action.