Sunak, von der Leyen express outrage at Navalny’s death, discuss Mideast, Ukraine

By Thomson Reuters Feb 18, 2024 | 1:08 PM

(Reuters) – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Sunday about Ukraine, Gaza, the Red Sea and the death of Alexei Navalny, a Downing Street spokesperson said.

“The Prime Minister and President Von der Leyen expressed their outrage at the death of Alexei Navalny, and underscored the utmost importance of holding those responsible within the Russian system to account,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Sunak and von der Leyen also condemned the Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, the statement said, adding that the prime minister updated the EU commission head on his recent conversations with the Israeli prime minister and the King of Jordan about the situation in Israel and Gaza.

(Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)