Feijo denounces in Brussels the expulsion from Russia of the EL MUNDO envoy | EUROtoday

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The president of the European People's Party, Alberto Nez Feijo, denounced this Thursday in Brussels the expulsion by Russia of the envoy of the newspaper EL MUNDO, Xavier Cols, who was denied the renewal of his visa and acquired a margin of simply 24 hours to depart the nation through which he has lived for the final 12 years. In an intervention earlier than the media, after the assembly of the European People's Party, Feijo introduced up the case and linked it to the stress that the media and opposition undergo somewhere else on the planet, corresponding to Venezuela.

“At the meeting I intervened to talk basically about two things. The first, to regret what is happening with the expulsion of one of your colleagues from the newspaper EL MUNDO by Putin's Government. And this also links perfectly with what we have seen “within the final hours of the Maduro regime. How is he intervening and the way is he stopping the chief of the Venezuelan opposition, María Corina Machado, from not solely not operating, however can be disabling the members of his candidacy and his workforce?” , mentioned the favored one.

The issue has been present in the room, which includes the presidents of the European Commission and the European Chamber, but also heads of State and Government from across the continent. “I’ve spoken about this matter inside the Summit as a result of The issues of democracy and the disqualifications of opposition leaders don’t solely happen in Russia, are additionally taking place in sister international locations of Spain and likewise allies of Europe. A rustic like Venezuela, with 30 million inhabitants and which has been in energy with the Chávez and Maduro regime for greater than 24 years, with out the opposition leaders having the ability to current themselves, because it appears they intend once more within the case of Mrs. María Machado. We are together with her and I’ve requested my colleagues to take a place and defend democracy not solely inside the European Union but additionally in different international locations outdoors it,” he mentioned.