After Alexei Navalny hospitalized in prison

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

His supporters say Navalny was abused by prison officials.

For now, several Navalny allies have dismissed as insufficient the move to move him to the prison hospital.

USA national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that Biden is weighing up a range of responses if Navalny dies, and that Moscow is aware of the threat.

Navalny began a hunger strike to protest the refusal to let his doctors visit when he began experiencing severe back pain and a loss of feeling in his legs.

"But I can say that Mr Navalny, he behaves like a hooligan", Kelin told the BBC. He said he had been searched for two hours on arrival at the penal colony. While Navalny was able to meet with Liptser Monday, the lawyer said he was continuing his hunger strike and "in general his look indicates he is really unwell".

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. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said police will treat any unauthorized protests as illegal.

Earlier this month, the U.S. slapped new sanctions on 32 Russian entities and individuals over allegations of their interference in the 2020 USA presidential elections and the purported hacking of United States software supply chain networks.

Navalny's top strategist, Leonid Volkov, said no one should assume it was happening until the opposition leader's lawyers confirm it.

"The health of convicts in the Russia Federation can not and should not be a topic concerning them", said Mr. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Earlier, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian also said the bloc was watching Navalny's situation closely, as he warned of possible further sanctions against Russian Federation.

Moscow has largely shrugged off global pressure since becoming a pariah to the West in 2014 when it seized Ukraine's Crimea peninsula and backed an insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

The rising tensions between the former Soviet republics come against the background of a war of words between Moscow and Washington as US President Joe Biden seeks a tougher line against Putin.

"We are talking now only about health and life".

Navalny blames the attack on President Vladimir Putin, a claim the Kremlin has repeatedly denied. The Kremlin said Putin would take part in a separate online climate summit that Biden is hosting on Thursday.

Moscow said Sunday it would expel a Ukrainian diplomat, prompting an immediate pledge of retaliation from Kiev.

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 Kremlin has denied any role.

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