Tuesday, August 3, 2021

UK summons Russian ambassador over Kremlin-critic Navalny – Reuters UK

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LONDON (Reuters) – British overseas minister Dominic Raab summoned the Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Andrei Kelin, on Monday to categorical his problem at the suspected poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Germany last month soon after collapsing on a flight from the Siberian town of Tomsk to Moscow. Germany has concluded he was poisoned with Novichok.

“Today the Uk summoned Russia’s Ambassador to the British isles to sign up deep worry about the poisoning of Alexey @navalny,” Raab claimed on Twitter.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable that a banned chemical weapon has been employed and Russia must hold a comprehensive, clear investigation.”

Raab additional that he was relieved to listen to Navalny had been taken out of his medically-induced coma.

Moscow says it has found no proof he was poisoned.

“The Russian facet pointed out that unfounded accusations and politisation of the situation, which has a strictly health-related and legal character, are unacceptable,” the Russian embassy claimed in a assertion.

“Furthermore, an curiosity in developing all the information connected to this incident was expressed. Steps that Russia is getting in this regard have been spelled out,” the embassy stated.

In a independent assertion, a international workplace spokesperson explained: “There is a situation right here for Russia to respond to. This took place on Russian soil, towards a Russian citizen. They have global obligations to uphold.”

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