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Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny goes downstairs at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, in this undated image obtained from social media, on Sept. 19, 2020. (Courtesy of Instagram @NAVALNY/Social Media via Reuters)

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny goes downstairs at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, in this undated image obtained from social media, on Sept. 19, 2020. (Courtesy of Instagram @NAVALNY/Social Media via Reuters)

MOSCOW/BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a personal visit to Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny while he was undergoing treatment in a Berlin hospital for poisoning, her spokesman said on Monday.

News of the meeting is likely to annoy Moscow, which rejects the finding of German, French, and Swedish experts that Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent in Russia last month. Russia has repeatedly criticized Germany over what it says is a failure to share information on the case.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia pose for a photo on his Instagram account in a hospital in Berlin, on Sept. 21, 2020. (Navalny Instagram via AP)

“It was a personal visit to Navalny in hospital,” Merkels spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference, declining to disclose details of what was said or how long the meeting lasted.

Germany still expects an explanation from Russia on the case, Seibert added.

Navalny wrote on Twitter that it was “a private meeting and conversation with the family”. He added: “I am very grateful to Chancellor Merkel for visiting me in hospital.”

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