Sunday, 28 February, 2021

Vladimir Putin accuses the West Of Using Navalny to 'contain' Russia

A middle-aged man in casual clothes smiles slightly and looks through a glass window inside a room Vladimir Putin accuses West of using Navalny to 'contain' Russia
Cary Erickson | 16 February, 2021, 01:07

It said Russian Federation wanted to develop ties with European Union rather than sever them, but that Moscow felt it had to be ready for Brussels to take steps to cut ties.

A German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said "these statements are really disconcerting and incomprehensible". The most prominent political foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin was arrested January 17 upon his return from Germany, where he spent five months recuperating from the nerve agent poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin.

Russian authorities have repeatedly denied allegations they poisoned Mr Navalny.

Navalny was handed a two and half year jail term by for violating probation terms while he was in Germany recovering from the poisoning attack.

The Valentine's Day gatherings came as President Vladimir Putin accused the West of "using" Mr Navalny and exploiting Russia's economic woes to stir up protests against the Kremlin.

Navalny was back in court Friday on a charge of defaming a World War II veteran who was featured in a video a year ago advertising constitutional amendments that allowed an extension of Putin's rule.

Sergey Lavrov sits behind a lectern with a microphone gesturing with one hand while holing a pen. There is a blue screen behind
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia is prepared to go it alone if necessary

The hearings will resume on Tuesday.

Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov says Russia should be ready to embrace self-sufficiency in case the European Union resorts to more sanctions.

Addressing a press conference, Lavrov pointed to inadmissibility of foreign diplomats' participation in the recent unauthorized rallies of Navalny supporters, and noted that most of the European Union diplomats abstained from doing it.

Based on the number of social media posts, it can be assumed that tens of thousands of Russians took part in Sunday's event, Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, told the independent Dozhd news broadcaster. Many protesters were fined or given jail sentences ranging from seven to 15 days.

Russia's main Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was back in court for allegedly defaming a World War II veteran, after being ordered to prison in another case that sparked global outrage and mass protests in his country.

Lavrov said that economic relations with the European Union have been hurt by sanctions and political contacts have been limited to sporadic exchanges of views on worldwide crises.

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