Russia: 3y since @navalny assassination attempt w/banned toxic nerve agent #CWC. 🇪🇺repeats calls on 🇷🇺for impartial investigation in full cooperation w/ @OPCW;also for his immediate &unconditional release.🇷🇺 leadership is responsible for his safety https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2023/08/04/russia-statement-by-the-high-representative-on-behalf-of-the-european-union-on-the-most-recent-politically-motivated-ruling-against-alexei-navalny/
For MEDIA - don't forget the accreditation deadline today 21 August if you want to cover the informal 🇪🇺 Defence Ministers and Foreign Ministers meetings in Toledo hosted by @eu2023es
Presidencia española del Consejo de la UE: #EU2023ES | The press kit for the informal meeting of defence and foreign affairs ministers (Gymnich), which will take place in Toledo on August 30 and 31, is now available.
🔗 More information: https://spanish-presidency.consilium.europa.eu/en/events/informal-ministerial-meeting-on-foreign-affairs-gymnich-30-318/
PERSONAL: 55years ago people of 🇨🇿🇸🇰 woke up with their dreams of freedom quashed by tanks sent by Moscow. #CzechoslovakSpring was another mark in track record of the Kremlin to try to destroy every nation & country that wants 2B free from its totalitarian imperialistic dictate.
Re The same happened also in East Germany,🇭🇺🇪🇪🇱🇻🇱🇹 and now 🇺🇦. Always the same twisted pretext: "brotherly help", "protection" or "defence of their security". The biggest threat for Moscow however are independent, sovereign & free, democratic nations.
Russia: 🇪🇺 follows w/great concern case of 🇺🇦 #HumanRights defender Maksym Butkevych held after sham trial by 🇷🇺 proxies. EU deplores his ill-treatment,incl.torture &l ack of access to his lawyers. #PoW must be treated in line w/ #GenevaConventions https://www.amnesty.org/en/petition/justice-for-maksym-butkevych-imprisoned-by-russia/
Libya: 🇪🇺 welcomes reunification of 🇱🇾 Central Bank 👉 crucial step towards united & stable country. All parties concerned should build on this achievement to conclude UN mediated talks on 🇱🇾-led & -owned solution to the crisis, through elections http://europa.eu/!TwHMXd
Centrafrique: 🇪🇺 prend note des résultats du Référendum constitutionnel en 🇨🇫. Préoccupations face à la polarisation continue du contexte politique. L’UE appelle à des processus démocratiques plus inclusifs et transparents en RCA.
Israel/Palestine: 🇪🇺 is appalled by recent terror attacks in the occupied West Bank that claimed the lives of three Israeli civilians. The EU is gravely concerned by the continuing wave of violence that is causing the loss of Israeli & Palestinian lives http://europa.eu/!PDTjtr
Myanmar: Six years since the forced displacement of >750,000 #Rohingya those responsible still lead the junta. Accountability for this crime remains an #EU priority. We advocate for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of the Rohingya as soon as conditions allow.
Russia: 🇪🇺 strongly condemns decision by Moscow court to uphold 13-year prison sentence under fake charges for 🇺🇦 activist Maksym Butkevych. In reality, he was punished for his human rights activities. This is travesty of justice. He must be immediately released.
Olga Tokariuk: My friend and ex colleague, human rights activist Maksym Butkevych was sentenced by a sham court in Russian-occupied Luhansk to 13 years. It's heartbreaking to see how thin he is, but it's encouraging to see him smile despite the horrors. He will be free #FreeMaksymButkevych
FOR MEDIA: Busy next week in Toledo 👉
Informal meeting of #EUDefence Ministers chaired by @JosepBorrellF to discuss:
🟦Russia´s aggression against Ukraine , also with @oleksiireznikov 🇺🇦
🟦Global and regional impact with @NATO and @UN
Re Then, informal meeting of 🇪🇺Foreign Ministers #Gymnich will discuss:
🟨Situation in Niger and the wider #Sahel
🟨Russia´s aggression against Ukraine with @DmytroKuleba 🇺🇦
🟨Ukraine’s Peace Formula and global diplomatic outreach during #UNGA
BiH: 🇪🇺 deplores the entry into force of amendments to criminal code of RS, w/penalties for "defamation"
👉unnecessary,disproportionate restrictions on independent media & civil society
👉major step backwards,against 🇪🇺 criteria & interests of 🇧🇦 citizens http://europa.eu/!jjhyY3
Iran: 🇪🇺 firmly condemns the terrorist attack on the Shah Cheragh Holy Shrine in Shiraz on Sunday. It is yet another example of terrorists targeting innocent civilians. The EU expresses condolences to the families of the victims.
Guiné-Bissau: A 🇪🇺 felicita Geraldo João Martins, recém-nomeado Primeiro-Ministro, após eleições pacíficas e altamente participadas de 4 de junho.
Esperamos reforçar a nossa parceria de longa data, que constitui um pilar para o desenvolvimento, estabilidade e prosperidade mútua.
Ghana: 🇪🇺 welcomes abolition of the death penalty.🇬🇭 joins the majority in the world having eliminated the capital punishment. EU strongly opposes #deathpenalty in all circumstances as a cruel & inhuman punishment that fails to act as deterrent to crime https://europa.eu/!yjxMX8
Ukraine: 🇷🇺 continues to terrorise civilian population; this time in Zaporizhzhia deliberately targeting hotels hosting children’s summer camps 🤦 These #warcrimes have to stop. All responsible will be held to account. #StandWithUkraine️
Ecuador: 🇪🇺condemns in the strongest terms the assassination of the presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio. This heinous crime is also an attack against the institutions & democracy in 🇪🇨.
🇪🇺stands with 🇪🇨 in its fight against the organised crime http://europa.eu/!q8tGG6
✔️Global support to Ukraine still enormous
✔️Sanctions bite Russia harder than ever
✔️World sees through Russia's lies
No wonder Kremlin #disinformation attacks the EU & once again tries to project Russia's sins onto others
#DontBeDecevied & #StandWithUkraine