Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny should immediately be granted access to proper medical care while imprisoned at a penal colony outside Moscow, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday amid reports that his health had sharply deteriorated.
In February, a Moscow court ruled that while in Germany, Mr Navalny violated probation terms of his suspended sentence from a 2014 money-laundering conviction and ordered him to serve two years and eight months in prison.
US President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that Washington had warned the Kremlin that it would be "held accountable by the global community" if Navalny died. While Navalny was able to meet with him Monday, he continued his hunger strike and "in general his look indicates he is really unwell", the lawyer added. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said police will treat any unauthorized protests as illegal.
"At tomorrow's Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, EU foreign ministers will also address Navalny's situation", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Bild newspaper on Sunday.
Navalny began a hunger strike to protest the refusal to let his doctors visit when he began experiencing severe back pain and a loss of feeling in his legs. "The state of health of those convicted and jailed on Russian territory can not and should not be a theme of their interest", spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Concerns over Navalny's health have mounted against the background of a spike in tensions between Moscow and the West over a litany of issues, including Russia's troop build-up on Ukraine's border, interference in United States elections and other perceived hostile activities.
The 44-year-old critic was arrested in Russian Federation in January after returning from a near-fatal poisoning he says was carried out by Moscow - accusations denied by Putin's administration. Russia's state penitentiary service has said that Navalny was receiving all the medical help he needs.
European Union figures have been vocal about the issue, with the bloc's foreign ministers releasing a joint statement warning of the risks to Mr Navalny's life on Sunday and meeting to discuss the issue further later on Monday.
Mr. Navalny's supporters have called for a major protest across Russian Federation on Wednesday to demand his release, hours after a state-of-the-nation address by Mr. Putin.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a prison hospital.
"Until the lawyers locate him, we won't know where he is and what is up with him", Volkov wrote in a Facebook post.
The Kremlin said on Monday it would retaliate for any further sanctions and rejected foreign countries' statements on the Navalny case. That comment prompted the recall by Moscow of the Russian ambassador to Washington for consultations last month.
In a message from prison on Friday, Navalny said prison officials threatened to force-feed him "imminently", using a "straitjacket and other pleasures".