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Germany affirms offer for Navalny to be treated in Berlin

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Berlin, Germany August 19, 2020. John Macdougall/Pool

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Germany stands by its offer for stricken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to be treated in a Berlin hospital but is not in a position to assess whether he is fit for transport, German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.

“We have made available that he can be treated in Berlin. That offer stands. But it is difficult for us to assess whether he can be transported from a medical standpoint,” he said.

Navalny, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants, is in a serious condition after drinking tea on Thursday morning that his allies believe was laced with poison.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Thomas Seythal