EU High Representative Caatherine Ashton said Monday that she has taken note of today’s verdict of former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky who has been found guilty of embezzlement by a court in Moscow at his second trial.
“The European Union will continue to follow developments very closely, including the forthcoming announcement of the sentence,” said Ashton in a statement released by her spokesperson Maja Kocijancic.
“The EU expects Russia to respect its international commitments in the field of human rights and the rule of law,” added the statement.
The Moscow court ruled that Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev were guilty of stealing from their firm Yukos and money laundering.
The announcement of the full verdict and sentence is expected to take several days.