US warns of 'consequences' if Putin critic Navalny dies as doctors raise health concerns

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US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Sunday that Russia volition look "consequences" if hunger-striking Kremlin professional Alexei Navalny dies.

Alexei Navalny

Russian absorption person Alexei Navalny astatine a tribunal proceeding successful Moscow. (File photo: Reuters)

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Sunday that Russia volition look "consequences" if hunger-striking Kremlin professional Alexei Navalny dies.

Jailed absorption person Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's astir salient opponent, was arrested successful January upon returning to Russia aft recovering from a near-fatal poisoning onslaught helium says was orchestrated by Moscow.

"In presumption of the circumstantial measures we would undertake, we are looking astatine a assortment of antithetic costs that we would impose, and I'm not going to telegraph that publically astatine this point," Sullivan told CNN.

"But we person communicated that determination volition beryllium consequences if Mr. Navalny dies." The 44-year-old Russian began a hunger onslaught connected March 31 to request due aesculapian attraction for backmost symptom and numbness successful his legs and hands.

On Saturday, Navalny's doctors said his health had rapidly deteriorated and demanded situation officials assistance them contiguous access.

"Our diligent tin dice immoderate minute," cardiologist Yaroslav Ashikhmin said, pointing to Navalny's precocious potassium levels and saying helium should beryllium moved to intensive care.

Both France and Germany connected Sunday joined a increasing planetary chorus of protestation astatine Navalny's treatment.
Sullivan said the White House had told the Kremlin that Moscow would beryllium "held accountable by the planetary community" for what happens to Navalny portion successful Russian custody.

US President Joe Biden said Saturday that Navalny's concern was "totally unfair," but helium is facing disapproval for not bringing up the dissident's attraction successful a telephone telephone to Putin past week oregon being much forthright successful his nationalist comments.

Sullivan said the White House had already made its presumption wide to Russia straight and that "the champion mode to woody with this contented is privately, and done diplomatic channels nonstop to the uppermost levels of the Russian government."