Greens Leader Christine Milne has welcomed comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin recognising that Australian citizen Colin Russell and the Arctic 30 deserve clemency and that they were working for a noble cause.

“Even the Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown more insight into and empathy for the Arctic 30 than the Prime Minister of Australia,” Senator Milne said.

“The President’s comments give even more impetus for Mr Abbott to call the President personally and raise the plight of Australian citizen Colin Russell, who has been refused bail and languishes in a Russian prison on the ridiculous, yet serious, charges of piracy and hooliganism.

“Tony Abbott is embarrassing Australia on the world stage when it comes to global warming, foreign relations and the treatment of peaceful protesters.

“Mr Abbott needs to get busy on the telephone. There are a few calls that require his urgent attention.”
Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne