EPP Ministers of Foreign Affairs discussed the situation in Russia and stressed that Alexei Navalny must be immediately and unconditionally released. The EPP Foreign Ministers underlined that it is high time to reassess the EU strategy towards Russia, to move from a reactive to a proactive approach. It is also a moment to strengthen our cooperation with the new US administration, as well as to discuss a possible package of new restrictive measures related to Mr Navalny’s poisoning and imprisonment. We condemn last weekend’s violent detentions of peaceful protesters, the taking down of the internet and the disproportionate use of force by Russian authorities. We expect Russia to immediately release these detained individuals and to uphold its CoE and OSCE commitments "We look forward to getting down to work with the new US president — a committed friend of Europe — with his administration and with the new Congress to recover and rebuild amidst this terrible pandemic; ensure a greener and safer planet; and reinvigorate our partnership in support of common rules and democratic values in an uncertain world.", stated Simon Coveney, Co-Chair of the EPP Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting and Minister for Foreing Affairs of Ireland. "The Council must join with the European Parliament in clearly rejecting the fraudulent 6 December electoral process in Venezuela and in recognizing the National Assembly elected in 2015 and its president Juan Guaidó as the only democratically legitimate body of the country. Political prisoners must be released and free and fair presidential, legislative and local elections organized.", stated David McAllister, EPP Vice-President and Chairman of the AFET Committee.

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