Alexey Navalny will serve his two years and six months in a penal colony outside Moscow for breaching parole terms while recovering in Germany from a nerve agent poisoning.
Tens of thousands have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against the incarceration of Alexey Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin.
Germany, Poland, and Sweden throw out three Russian diplomats in a coordinated retaliation for expulsion of three EU diplomats by Moscow, drawing angry response from Russia, which called the decision "unjustified and unfriendly."
The meeting is likely to be the first forum for the West to consider any possible joint response to Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny's jailing last week.
Moscow announced the expulsions just hours after EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss ties.
EU’s foreign policy chief Borrell has conveyed his concerns on the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny to Russian FM Lavrov, who called the bloc an unreliable partner. Both sides, however, appeared ready to engage where possible.
More than 280 people were detained in Moscow for protesting a court hearing that decides if Navalny should be jailed for violating the terms of a suspended sentence he was given on embezzlement charges in 2014.
Since taking the office in 2000, Russian President Vladimir Putin has systematically repressed all opposition figures, organisations and protests by using violent police crackdowns and alleged assassinations.
The US, Germany and France have condemned Moscow's detention of Navalny and a crackdown on his supporters.
Moscow reached out last week to request the call, according to US officials. Biden agreed but wanted first to prepare with his staff and speak with European allies, including the leaders of Britain, France, and Germany.
Opposition leader Navalny’s dramatic return to Russia and his subsequent arrest have triggered a massive protest despite the below -50C temperatures. While 3000 people have been arrested, the public anger refuses to subside.
Moscow says it will not take into account European Union's demand to free Kremlin-critic Alexey Navalny, describing the calls to protest by the opposition as "troubling".
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