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Pressure mounts as UK summons Russian ambassador over Navalny poisoning

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Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said he had summoned Russia’s ambassador to the UK to express his concern at the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Germany last month after collapsing on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow. Germany has concluded he was poisoned with Novichok.

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“Today the UK summoned Russia’s Ambassador to the UK to register deep concern about the poisoning of Alexey @navalny,” Raab said on Twitter.

“It’s completely unacceptable that a banned chemical weapon has been used and Russia must hold a full, transparent investigation.”

Moscow says it has seen no evidence he was poisoned.

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Raab added that he was relieved to hear Navalny had been taken out of his medically induced coma.

In a separate statement, a foreign office spokesperson said: “There is a case here for Russia to answer. This took place on Russian soil, against a Russian citizen. They have international obligations to uphold.

“This is nothing short of an attack against the rules-based international system which keeps our societies safe.”

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