Putin condemns 'unsubstantiated' Navalny claims in call with Macron

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President on Monday condemned "unsubstantiated" accusations over opposition leader 's poisoning with a nerve agent during a call with his French counterpart .

Putin stressed it was inappropriate to make "unsubstantiated accusations based on nothing against the Russian side," according to a Kremlin readout of the call, after French and Swedish laboratories earlier confirmed German findings that Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

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