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Russian Foreign Ministry: We expect the West to allow Russian diplomats to attend court sessions

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that Moscow is waiting for the West to open the doors of its courts to Russian diplomats, referring to foreign diplomats attending the trial of the Russian dissident Navalny, and Zakharova indicated in a statement published by the ministry on its website, and wanted by the "Russia Today" satellite channel, that there Many precedents for not allowing Russian diplomats to attend sessions in Western courts looking into cases of Russian citizens, pointing to the heavy presence of a foreign diplomat during the trial of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny in Moscow today, explaining that representatives of 14 foreign missions attended the trial, which was open.

She added, "We expect from our colleagues the same degree of openness and taking into account the rights and legitimate interests of Russian citizens, and we also remind of the commitment not to interfere in the internal affairs of the country of residence, as stipulated in the Vienna Treaty on International Relations of 1961."

And the Moscow court decided to replace the suspended prison sentence issued against Navalny in 2014 with a prison sentence with an expiration date of 3 and a half years, for violating the conditions of house arrest and his transfer in the country without permission from the Prisons Authority, or a force majeure.