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A bunch of European governments Monday summoned Russian diplomats following the jail loss of life of Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny.

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French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne mentioned throughout a go to to Argentina that Russia’s ambassador in Paris could be summoned, whereas Norway’s international ministry issued a press release that it was calling on its high Russian diplomat “for a talk” about Navalny’s loss of life.

“In the conversation, Norwegian views will be conveyed about Russian authorities’ responsibility for the death and for facilitating a transparent investigation,” Norway mentioned, including that the assembly had not but taken place however would shortly.

It adopted related bulletins earlier Monday by Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands saying they’ve summoned diplomats from Russian embassies. London had performed the identical Friday night.

Navalny’s loss of life in a distant jail within the Arctic, the place the 47-year-old was serving a 19-year sentence after surviving a 2020 poisoning that he blamed on the Kremlin, was introduced Friday.

“The regime of Vladimir Putin has once again shown its true nature,” France’s Sejourne mentioned Monday.

Western international locations have unanimously pointed blame on the Russian authorities for his loss of life, three years into his sentence, which deprives the opposition of its most distinguished determine a month forward of presidential elections which might be anticipated to boost Putin’s agency grip on energy.

Finland’s international ministry on X, previously Twitter, referred to as for Russia “to release all political prisoners” whereas confirming it had referred to as on the ambassador Monday.

“It is terrible that Alexei Navalny has paid the ultimate price for his fight for a free and democratic Russia,” Hanke Bruins Slot, the Netherlands’ international affairs minister, posted on X. “We strongly urge Russia to release Navalny’s body to his family and relatives.”

Earlier Monday, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom mentioned in a press release he had summoned Russia’s ambassador, and referred to as for the European Union to contemplate “a new sanctions regime targeting the internal repression in Russia.”

On Friday, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares mentioned Madrid “demands that the circumstances” of the loss of life be clarified.