Russia accuses West of using Navalny case as sanctions pretext - Ifax

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news briefing after a meeting with China's State Councilor Wang Yi in Moscow, Russia September 11, 2020. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS)

Russian Foreign Minister accused the West of using the suspected poisoning of stricken Kremlin critic as a pretext to impose additional sanctions on , the Interfax news agency reported.

The statements were made shortly after Lavrov cancelled a planned trip to Berlin for talks on Tuesday due to what the Russian Foreign Ministry said was a change in his German counterpart's schedule.

The suspected poisoning by a Novichok nerve agent of Navalny who is being treated in a hospital in Berlin has stirred new tensions between Russia and the West. Moscow has said it has not yet seen evidence of his poisoning.

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