Sunday March 07, 2021

Finland censures arrest of peaceful protesters in Russia

Published : 24 Jan 2021, 03:17

Updated : 25 Jan 2021, 10:31

  DF Report

A combine photo of President Sauli Niinistö (L) and Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. File Photos: President Office by Matti Porre and Foreign Ministry by Petri Krook.

President Sauli Niinistö on Saturday termed the situation of Russia serious following a crackdown on protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny while Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto demanded release of the detainees.

The Russian police arrested more than 3,000 people in the crackdown across the country on Saturday.

“A serious situation in Russia. A common line of action needed from foreign ministers on Monday,” Niinistö wrote in a twitter post on late Saturday night.

“Today’s arrests of peaceful protesters in Russia, including Yulia Navalnaya, are not acceptable. Those detained should be released,” Haavisto wrote in a twitter post of the foreign ministry on late Saturday night.

The foreign minister also said that safety and working conditions of journalists should also be guaranteed.

“EU foreign ministers will discuss the latest events on Monday,” added Haavisto to the twitter post.

Earlier, on Thursday, Niinistö held a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and discussed the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

On 18 January, Prime Minister Sanna Marin demanded immediate release of Navalny, who was arrested in Moscow on 17 January upon his arrival from Germany after medical treatment.