Navalny protests: EU to consider ‘next steps’ after Russia carries out mass arrests

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European Union foreign ministers will consider potential “next steps” against Russia after western nations condemned the Kremlin’s harsh treatment of demonstrators calling for the release of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

The United States, EU and Britain joined in criticising Vladimir Putin’s government on Sunday with the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, describing the mass arrest of thousands of protesters in several Russia cities as “an intolerable affront” and a “slide towards authoritarianism”.

Clashes broke out in Moscow, St Petersburg, Vladivostok and other cities on Sunday and some protesters clashed with riot police in body armour and helmets. Dozens of people were injured.

Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, has called for the EU to step…

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