25 February 2021,   11:40
Mike Pompeo says US “strongly condemns” detention of Alexei Navalny

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. “strongly condemns” the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was detained when returning to Russia for the first time since his poisoning last summer.

“The United States strongly condemns Russia"s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny”, - Pompeo said in a statement.

“We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities”.

Navalny was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport less than an hour after he flew in from Germany, where he had been recovering from the poisoning with a nerve agent he says was ordered by President Vladimir Putin.