The EU has summoned the Russian charge d'affaires to Brussels over Navalny's death, as have several EU countries.

Last night, the European Union called on the Russian charge d'affaires in Brussels to convey his "indignation" after the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in prison, the diplomatic service of the European Union (EEAS) said.

In addition to the EU, a number of European countries, including Germany, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Italy, the Baltic states and Croatia, have summoned Russian ambassadors or acting officials for discussions regarding the case.

"The EU conveys its outrage over the death of opposition figure Navalny, for which President (Vladimir) Putin and the Russian authorities are ultimately responsible," the EEAS said in a statement.

The director general of the EU diplomatic service in charge of Russia, Michael Siebert, called on Russia to allow an international, independent and transparent investigation into the death of the opposition figure and appealed to Russia to hand over his body to the family without further delay and to hand over the body to the relatives to organize the funeral.

On that occasion, EU diplomacy reiterated that Russia should "immediately and unconditionally release all other political prisoners as well as all persons arrested throughout Russia while paying respect to Navalny."

Last night, the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian ambassador to that country for a conversation regarding the death of Navalny.

A source from the Italian MFA said that the Russian ambassador to Italy was summoned after the death of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, without giving any other details.

The death of Navalny, 47, in an Arctic prison where he was serving a 19-year sentence was announced on Friday.

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