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Germany says protection of Kremlin critic Navalny is necessary

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a sign of the Charite Mitte Hospital Complex near the facility, where Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is receiving medical treatment, in Berlin, Germany August 22, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Personal protection of Alexei Navalny is necessary since the Russian opposition politician was possibly the target of a poison attack, a German government spokesman said on Monday.

“Because there is a certain probability of a poison attack, protection is necessary”, Steffen Seibert said at a regular news conference.

Navalny, a long-time opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on Thursday after what his allies believe was a poisoning and was airlifted to Germany for treatment on Saturday.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; writing by Thomas Seythal; editing by Riham Alkousaa