World News

Russia will respond in kind against EU sanctions over Navalny case, foreign minister says

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov//File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow will respond in kind against European Union sanctions over the case of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

European Union foreign ministers backed a Franco-German plan on Monday to impose sanctions on Russians suspected of poisoning Navalny with a nerve agent. [nL8N2H33FR]

Navalny fell violently ill and collapsed while travelling from Siberia to Moscow in August. He was airlifted to a Berlin hospital, where doctors found he had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Alex Richardson