EU summons Russian permanent representative: EEAS calls for an independent investigation into Navalny’s death

The European Union summoned Russia’s acting permanent representative to the EU, Kirill Loginov, and called for an independent international investigation into the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny

A senior official in the European External Action Service (EEAS) also urged Russia to release Navalny’s body to his family without any further delay. 

As Reuters reported, Michael Siebert said the ultimate responsibility for the death of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny lies with Vladimir Putin and state authorities. 

The Kremlin has denied involvement in Navalny’s death. It said Western allegations against Putin are unacceptable. The Russian authorities claim that the Investigative Committee has launched a procedural investigation into the death. Thus, it denies the EU demands. 

The EU is ready to impose new sanctions against Moscow, and the U.S. will announce sanctions on Friday.

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