Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) plan to pass resolutions on 17 September on the situation in Belarus and the widespread public protests following the presidential election, as well as on the attempt to poison Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
According to Jānis Krastiņš, EP Spokesman in Latvia, LEPA told MEPs that he would discuss foreign policy issues, including protests in Belarus and the case of Navalny in Russia, with the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Giuseppe Borrell.
On August 20, Navalny was ill during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow, the pilot made an emergency landing at Omsk Airport and was unknowingly taken to Omsk Hospital with signs of poisoning.
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On August 22, Navalni was transferred from Russia to Germany, where he was treated by the Charite Clinic of the University of Berlin. As the German government said on September 2, there is incontrovertible evidence that Navalny has been poisoned by a nerve-paralyzing warfare substance belonging to the Novichok group.
In Belarus, on the other hand, mass protests against the falsification of the results of the August 9 presidential elections have been going on for a month. According to official results, the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko won 80.1% of the vote, while opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovska only 10.1%.
However, the opposition, based on evidence of unprecedented violations, claims that these results are falsified. The EU and other Western countries have also refused to recognize the election results. Russia, meanwhile, has expressed support for Lukashenko, who is set to visit Moscow shortly.