Poland initiates EU talks concerning UN debate on Navalny's arrest

Poland has initiated talks with EU member states to push for an urgent debate in the UN Human Rights Council on the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the deputy foreign minister said on Monday.

Navalny was detained in Moscow after returning to Russia from Germany on Sunday. It was his first visit to his homeland since he was almost killed in Siberia by a nerve-agent attack he has blamed on the Russian authorities.

"At my request, the Polish ambassador has started talks with the EU delegation to jointly apply for the convening of an urgent UN Human Rights Council, in connection with the arrest of Alexei Navalny," Piotr Wawrzyk told PAP on Monday.

President Andrzej Duda has also appealed for international solidarity in Navalny's case.

In his tweet late Sunday, Duda wrote that "steps taken by Russian authorities against Alexei Navalny must not be left without consequences for the international community's relations with this country."

"On behalf of Poland, a member of the UN Human Rights Council, I am appealing for international solidarity in this situation," he wrote.

Navalny had been in Germany for treatment for his near-fatal poisoning in August 2020.