Russia expels EU diplomats over Navalny as tensions rise

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it is expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany, accusing them of attending a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as international tensions grew over the jailing of the Kremlin’s most prominent foe. The announcement came as the European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the treatment of Navalny represents “a low point” in the relations between Brussels and Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the diplomats took part in what it called “unlawful” rallies Jan. 23. Tens of thousands of people across Russia took to the streets that day to protest Navalny’s arrest. European officials immediately denounced the move.last_img read more

New deal for Arteta

first_img The Spaniard’s extension fits in with Arsenal’s policy of offering single-season contracts to their older players. “He will stay with us for one more year because he has extended his contract,” manager Arsene Wenger told Arsenal Player. “He’s one of the leaders in the club because he’s the captain of the team. I expect him to contribute much more than last season but he also faces a battle. “With the number of games we have ahead, we could use his experience, his desire and his quality as it will be vital for next season.” Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton in August 2011 for £10million and has gone on to make 136 appearances for them, scoring 16 goals. Press Associationcenter_img Arsenal have announced that captain Mikel Arteta has signed a new one-year deal with the club.last_img read more