Saudi Arabia warns its citizens in Russia … and Washington condemns “harsh methods” against the demonstrators

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – On Sunday, the Saudi embassy in Russia issued a warning to Saudi citizens, amid the demonstrations in Russia, while US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned the Russian authorities’ continued use of “harsh methods” against protesters and journalists.

The Saudi embassy in Russia said, through its Twitter account, that it “calls on visiting citizens and residents to be careful, to exercise caution and to avoid demonstration areas, and to follow the instructions issued by the official authorities in the Russian Federation in this regard,” calling for communicating with them in emergency situations.

For his part, the US Secretary of State said, on his Twitter account, that the United States “condemns the continuous use of harsh methods against peaceful protesters and journalists by the Russian authorities for the second week in a row.”

Blinken added, “We renew our call for Russia to release detainees for exercising their human rights, including Alexei Navalny,” the leader of the Russian opposition who was arrested on January 17, upon his arrival in Moscow, after months of treatment in Germany after being poisoned, in August 2020 with nerve gas. Novichok.

Blinken’s message comes on the heels of US President Joe Biden’s phone call with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, last Tuesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN that Putin had “provided necessary explanations” when Biden called on Russia to release Navalny.





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