U.S. warns Russian Federation of `consequences` if Alexei Navalny dies

EU foreign ministers to meet on Navalny health as tensions with Russia soar

The announcement came two days after Navalny's physician said his health was deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old opponent of Vladimir Putin could be on the verge of death.

Several Navalny allies dismissed the hospital transfer announced by the prison service as insufficient.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called for his release and that he "must be treated humanely", adding that U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed Navalny with Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian Security Council.

Navalny went on hunger strike in prison to protest the refusal to let his doctors visit when he began experiencing severe back pain and a loss of feeling in his legs. The Kremlin said it did not have information on Navalny's condition and it was not the role of President Vladimir Putin to monitor the health of prisoners.

The opposition politician was arrested on his return to Russian Federation in January from Germany, where he had spent months recovering from a poisoning attack with the Novichok nerve agent. "We are talking not just about Navalny's freedom but his life", Navalny's right-hand man Leonid Volkov said on Facebook. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said police will treat any unauthorized protests as illegal.

EU foreign ministers to meet on Navalny health as tensions with Russia soar

The United States imposed new sanctions on Russian Federation last Thursday over alleged malign actions, denied by Moscow, including interference in last year's presidential election, cyberhacking, and bullying of neighbouring Ukraine.

"The state of health of those convicted and jailed on Russian territory can not and should not be a theme of their interest", spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

In a wry message Friday from prison, Navalny said authorities threatened to force-feed him "imminently", using a "straitjacket and other pleasures".

Putin himself has given no explanation for the build-up, but observers have suggested that it could be designed as a "test" for Joe Biden after he took a tough line with the Kremlin, and as Putin sizes up his new counterpart. The Kremlin said Putin would take part in a separate online climate summit that Biden is hosting on Thursday. Tensions between Moscow and the West are at a new high after Russian Federation moved more than 150,000 troops to the Ukrainian border and following a diplomatic spat between Russian Federation and the Czech Republic.

Kiev has been battling Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine since 2014 and clashes intensified early this year, effectively shredding a ceasefire agreed last July. The Czech Republic said on Monday Moscow's decision to expel more Czechs than the number of Russians expelled by Prague was unexpected, and it called for a show of support from European allies. The Kremlin has denied any role.

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