President von der Leyen and High Representative Borrell release joint statement on death of Russian politician

Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell

© APA | Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell

# 16 February 2024 21:32 (UTC +04:00)

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission and EU Foreign Affairs Representative, Vice President Josep Borrell have released a joint statement on death of Russian politician Alexei Navalny, APA reports.

"We are shocked and grieved by today’s reports about the death of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Our thoughts are with his wife Yulia Navalnaya, his family and with all those in Russia and beyond who believe in a democratic and peaceful future for Russia. We will honour his memory as a freedom fighter.

Alexei Navalny demonstrated incredible courage and determination throughout his life. He bravely returned to Russia after a heinous assassination attempt. He gave hope to democrats and civil society in Russia, which is why so many people from all over the country joined his actions and listened to his messages," noted in the statement.

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