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German foreign minister says Navalny poisoning requires international reaction

BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny requires an international reaction and must not be treated as a German-Russian conflict, Germany’s foreign minister said when asked why sanctions proposals against Russia did not mention the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Paris and Berlin said on Wednesday they would propose European Union sanctions against Russian individuals after receiving no credible answers from Moscow over the Navalny poisoning with a nerve agent.

“For us it is important that these are not German-Russian consequences that we draw but that these are European ones,” Heiko Maas said at the Globesec Tatra summit in Bratislava on Thursday, according to a translation into English.

Russia has denied accusations by Navalny that it was involved in poisoning him in August. (Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; editing by Thomas Seythal)

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