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Russia accuses West of using Alexei Navalny as pretext to impose sanctions

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. File picture: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. File picture: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Published Sep 14, 2020

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Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of using the suspected poisoning of stricken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as a pretext to impose additional sanctions on Russia, the Interfax news agency reported.

The statements were made shortly after Lavrov cancelled a planned trip to Berlin for talks on Tuesday due to what the Russian Foreign Ministry said was a change in his German counterpart's schedule.

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The suspected poisoning by a Novichok nerve agent of Navalny who is being treated in a hospital in Berlin has stirred new tensions between Russia and the West. Moscow has said it has not yet seen evidence of his poisoning.

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