After the first overseas trip of president Joe Biden, where he met with the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the president of the European Council Charles Michel, the U.S. and the European Union issued a statement on their common approach towards Russia.
In the joint statement, the U.S. and EU stated: ”We condemn Russia’s continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s and Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We call on Russia to ensure foreign diplomatic missions in Russia can operate in a safe, secure and productive fashion. We urge Russia to stop its continuous crackdown on civil society, the opposition and independent media and release all political prisoners”.
The statement was issued just days after the decision by Russian officials to ban the national organisation and regional branches of Alexey Navalny’s anti corruption movement. Navalny was arrested in January 2021 immediately after his return to Russia following the attempts to poison him in the summer of 2020. The U.S.-European summit also decided to establish an common high-level dialogue on Russia.