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Russia continues checks into Navalny case, resents pressure

CA, 12 Sep 2020
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that German accusations over the case of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were "groundless."

Germany says Navalny, who is being treated in a Berlin hospital, was poisoned in Siberia with a rare nerve agent, something Moscow disputes.

Russia is continuing its own checks into what happened to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin said on Friday, adding that Moscow did not like the pressure being exerted on it over the case.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told reporters on a daily conference call that Russia may send additional requests for information to Germany, where Navalny is being treated after he fell violently ill and was airlifted from Siberia last month.

No immediate calls between Russia President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are planned over the Navalny case, Peskov added. Germany says Navalny was poisoned with a rare nerve agent but Russia says it has yet to see any evidence of this.

The ministry said police had interviewed five of the six people it said accompanied Navalny on the journey when he fell ill. It said it was looking for a sixth person it named as Marina Pevchikh, a U.K. resident who flew to Germany on Aug. 22 and whose whereabouts it said were currently being established.

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