(News 24h) – The US and Europe condemned the suppression of the protesters in support of Navalny in Russia, Moscow immediately responded diplomatically.
In a statement dated January 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the US Embassy in Russia interfered with the country’s internal affairs.
|Riot police dispersed crowds at a rally in support of Mr. Navalny in Moscow, Russia on January 23. Photo: Sputnik|
“Of course these announcements were not relevant. And of course, indirectly, they were interfering in the internal affairs of my country,” Peskov said.
And yet, the Russian side has also condemned the US Embassy announcing ‘protest routes’ in Russian cities and releasing information about a ‘march into the Kremlin’. the act of encouraging the Russian people to participate in a protest demanding the release of a man who had violated Russian laws.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented in a Facebook post: “Today, the US Embassy in Moscow announced ‘protest routes’ in Russian cities and released information on a ‘march into the Kremlin’. American colleagues will have to explain themselves. “
“We can imagine what would have happened if the Russian Embassy in Washington also published a map of the protest routes to destinations, such as the Capitol. This kind of orientation would end with hysterical American politicians, including anti-Russian slogans, threats of punishment and expulsion of Russian diplomats, “Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova to speak.
“Hypocrisy is an instrument of US diplomacy, becoming particularly dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take care of your own problems and stop intervening in the internal problems of other countries “- added statement.
|Russia accused the US of “drawing lines” for protesters to gather illegally.|
In response to statements from Russian officials, the US Embassy said it was a normal process for the embassies to issue warnings to citizens. The US Embassy in Moscow said on January 24 that it was monitoring the demonstrations, adding that Washington supports “the right of all to protest peacefully, free speech”.
Meanwhile, Europe has also condemned Russia’s actions. The European Union’s (EU) Foreign Policy Commissioner Josep Borrell condemned the “large-scale arrests, using disproportionate force” by Russian authorities during the 23rd rally. /first. Borell said he would discuss his next move with EU foreign ministers on January 25.
The British Foreign Office said in a statement on January 23 that they were “extremely concerned” with the arrest of protesters.
“We ask the Russian government to respect and adhere to the country’s international commitments on human rights, and to release the people who have been arrested during the peaceful protest,” the statement said.
During the weekend, thousands of people in Russia took to the streets to express their support for opposition politician Alexei Navalny, demanding that Russian authorities release him.
According to observers, the protesters threw snow at the police, forces that suppressed the violent protesters had to use force to disperse crowds and arrest many protesters for violating the protest regulations. , organized illegal demonstrations and violated quarantine regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under Russian law, applications for permission to protest must be sent to the local authorities at least 10 days before the event takes place. Mr. Navalny was arrested for less than a week, so the organizer did not have enough time to apply for permission to protest.
According to official figures from the Russian Ministry of the Interior, about 4,000 people gathered in central Moscow. Meanwhile, the media estimated that 15,000-40,000 people took to the streets to protest on January 23. Investigation website Proekt said Moscow and St. Petersburg witnessed the biggest illegal protests in nearly a decade.
The Russian network regulator said on January 23 that it would penalize major social networks including Twitter, Facebook and TikTok for spreading information prohibited by law and to attract minors to participate in public events. large-scale illegal addition.
Immediately after the protests in Moscow ended, the Russian Investigation Commission announced the opening of an investigation into cases of violence against the police. Russian state media said about 40 security personnel were injured in the protest.
Clip of Russian protesters throwing snow at police: