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Macron to Russia: Give us answers on Navalny or face consequences

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to healthcare staff in 'La Bonne Eure' nursing home (EPHAD) amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bracieux, France September 22, 2020. Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERS reuters_tickers
This content was published on September 22, 2020 - 19:08

PARIS (Reuters) - France's president on Tuesday demanded an immediate explanation from Russia over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, warning that Paris would not allow its red lines on the use of chemical weapons to be crossed.

"We will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons in Europe, in Russia or in Syria," Emmanuel Macron told the U.N. General Assembly.

"This clarification must be swift and flawless because we will enforce our red lines," Macron said. The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

Macron did not elaborate on what would be done if Russia did not provide satisfactory explanations.

(Reporting by John Irish and Michel Rose; Editing by Alison Williams)

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