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The foreign ministers of the G7 countries have condemned the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and are demanding his release.

The foreign ministers of the G7 countries, as well as the head of EU diplomacy, issued a joint statement demanding the release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The corresponding statement was published on the official website of the UK government.

“We, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries – Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, Great Britain and the United States, as well as the High Representative of the European Union – have united to condemn the politically motivated arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny,” the statement said.

The foreign ministers emphasize that they are also “deeply concerned about the arrests of thousands of peaceful protesters and journalists” and call on Russia to fulfil its national and international obligations and release those who were unreasonably detained on January 23 for exercising their right to peaceful assembly.

“These events confirm that a negative trend continues to develop in Russia towards a reduction in the space in which the opposition, civil society, human rights defenders operate and independent voices are heard,” the G7 ministers said.

At the same time, the diplomats called it extremely annoying that Navalny is in custody on charges that, back in 2017, were recognized by the European Court of Human Rights as unlawful and clearly unfounded.

Earlier it was reported that the White House called on the Kremlin to release Alexei Navalny and other Russians detained at protests in dozens of Russian cities.

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