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Kremlin open to clearing up what happened to Navalny, spokesman says

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019./File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia reiterated on Tuesday it was open to clearing up what happened to President Vladimir Putin’s top opponent Alexei Navalny, who Germany and other western governments say was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

Kremlin spokesman said everyone would be happy if Navalny recovered, and he was free to return to Russia from Germany. But he said Moscow did not understand why, if French and Swedish laboratories had been able to test his medical samples, Russia was not being given the same access.

Reporting by Dmitry Antonov, Alexander Marrow and Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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