EU diplomat: Navalny case a ‘low point’ in ties with Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat has told Russia’s foreign minister that the treatment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny represents “a low point” in the relations between Brussels and Moscow. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow days after Navalny was ordered to serve nearly three years in prison. Borell said he relayed to Lavrov his concerns over Navalny’s incarceration and the arrests of thousands of people who demonstrated on his behalf. The EU official said he also communicated the bloc’s support for Navalny’s release and for an investigation of the politician’s August poisoning. Lavrov on Friday again accused European officials of refusing to share poisoning evidence.“