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Russia will respond in kind against EU sanctions over Navalny case, foreign minister says

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Moscow, Russia October 12, 2020. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow will respond in kind against European Union sanctions over the case of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

European Union foreign ministers backed a Franco-German plan on Monday to impose sanctions on Russians suspected of poisoning Navalny with a nerve agent.

Navalny fell violently ill and collapsed while travelling from Siberia to Moscow in August. He was airlifted to a Berlin hospital, where doctors found he had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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