Poland denies discussing Navalny's poisoning with German side

NATO to meet on poisoning of Putin critic Navalny

NATO to meet on poisoning of Putin critic Navalny

In a sign of Berlin's growing frustration over Moscow's stonewalling over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Chancellor Angela Merkel's office indicated Monday that she might be willing to rethink the fate of a German-Russian gas pipeline project.

I hope the Russians won't force us to change our position regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea.

"Any attempt to associate Russian Federation in any way whatsoever with what happened (with Mr. Navalny, editor's note) is unacceptable in our eyes", the spokesperson for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov.

These attempts are "absurd", he assured.

On Monday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab summoned Russia's ambassador to register his "deep concern about the poisoning", he said on Twitter.

The standoff hardened on Sunday, with Germany setting Moscow a days-long ultimatum to "clarify what happened".

Maas also said, "If there won't be any contributions from the Russian side regarding the investigation in the coming days, we will have to consult our partners". "More than 100 companies from 12 European countries are involved (in the construction), about half of them from Germany".

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Russia, which rejects any involvement, for its part blamed Berlin "for delaying the process of the investigation it is calling for" by not transmitting the documents in the file to the Russian authorities.

According to Peskov, the Kremlin is waiting for information from Germany on the Navalny case.

French officials also suggested sanctions are possible if Russian Federation does not respond.

Navalny, a harsh critic of the Kremlin, felt unwell on the flight from the Russian city of Tomsk to Moscow on August 20 and the plane had to make an emergency landing in the city of Omsk.

He is now in an artificial coma at the Berlin Charité Hospital.

It was used against ex-double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain in 2018, a poisoning that the West believes was ordered by the Kremlin.

This case had already led to sanctions against Russian Federation, which had denied any involvement.

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