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EU foreign ministers to discuss Navalny situation at Monday meeting

FILE: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures during a hearing on his charges for defamation in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 16, 2021. (Babuskinsky District Court Press Service via AP)
FILE: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures during a hearing on his charges for defamation in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 16, 2021. (Babuskinsky District Court Press Service via AP)

EU foreign ministers will discuss the case of Alexei Navalny when they hold talks Monday, Germany says, as fears grew of the hunger-striking Kremlin critic’s deteriorating health while he is being held in a Russian penal colony.

“At tomorrow’s Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, EU foreign ministers will also address Navalny’s situation,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tells Bild newspaper.

Meanwhile, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan tells CNN that Russia will face “consequences” if Navalny dies.

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