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Statement by Tobias Billström

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström


The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has today summoned the Russian Ambassador in connection with the death of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Sweden has today also taken the initiative for the EU to investigate the possibilities for a new sanctions regime targeting the internal repression in Russia. 

“The EU must take action against the political oppression in Russia. This is particularly important given the fact that on 16 February, Alexei Navalny died in Russian captivity,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström. 

A sanctions regime of this kind would provide additional opportunities to take action against Russian government representatives and officials involved in human rights violations.