Pompeo ‘deeply troubled’ by Russia’s decision to detain Navalny

Pompeo ‘deeply troubled’ by Russia’s decision to detain Navalny

U.S.
Secretary
of
State
Mike
Pompeo
took
to
Twitter
late
Sunday
to
criticize
Russia’s
decision
to

arrest
Alexei
Navalny,
the
opposition
leader
who
just
returned
to
Moscow
after
recovering
from
nerve
agent
poisoning
that
he
blames
on
the
Kremlin.

“Deeply
troubled
by
Russia’s
decision
to
arrest
Aleksey
Navalny,”
Pompeo
tweeted.
“Confident
political
leaders
do
not
fear
competing
voices,
nor
see
the
need
to
commit
violence
against
or
wrongfully
detain,
political
opponents.”

Jake
Sullivan,
President-elect
Joe
Biden’s
national
security
adviser,
also
took
to
Twitter
to
call
for
Navalny’s
immediate
release.

“The
Kremlin’s
attacks
on
Mr.
Navalny
are
not
just
a
violation
of
human
rights,
but
an
affront
to
the
Russian
people
who
want
their
voices
heard,”
Sullivan
tweeted.

Navalny’s
detention
at
passport
control
in
Moscow’s
Sheremetyevo
airport
was
widely
expected
because
Russia’s
prisons
service
said
he
had
violated
parole
terms
from
a
suspended
sentence
on
a
2014
embezzlement
conviction.

Navalny
traveled
from
Berlin
to
Moscow
after
recovering
in
Germany
from
his
poisoning
in
August.
Confusion
surrounded his
arrival
in
Russia

his
plane
was
scheduled
to
land
at
Moscow’s
Vnukovo
Airport,
where
supporters
and
media
were
waiting.

The 44-year-old,
who
is
President
Vladimir
Putin’s
most
prominent
political
foe,
brushed
off
concerns
about
arrest
as
he
boarded
the
plane
in
Berlin.

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“It’s
impossible.
I’m
an
innocent
man,”
he
said.


Fox
News’
James
Rogers
and
the
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report

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