Critic Navalny Putin “will not be allowed to die in prison”
Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom said opposition activist Alexei Navalny “will not be allowed to die in prison.”
Navalny, 44, died in August 2020 when he was poisoned by a chemical nerve agent Novichock. He has accused President Vladimir Putin of ordering the poisoning that the Kremlin denies.
Navalny was jailed in February on old charges of embezzlement and has been on hunger strike for 18 days demanding acute treatment for deceptive back pain and deception in his legs.
Doctors say the results of recent blood tests indicate that there may be a cardiac arrest or kidney failure at any time.
Ambassador Andrei Kelin, in an interview recorded on Friday but broadcast on Sunday, spoke with Andrew Marr, stressing that Navalny’s medical treatment would be “cared for” and claimed that the real purpose of medical calls was to “attract attention.”
On Sunday, several countries joined an international protest against Mr Navalny’s treatment. U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN the consequences would be if Mr. Navalny was killed and Russia was held accountable by the international community.
France, Germany and the European Union have expressed their concern, and EU foreign ministers will discuss the situation on Monday.