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‘Russia will be made to pay’: Lord Cameron confronts Moscow’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov over death of Alexei Navalny at tense G20 meeting in Rio

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David Cameron vowed last night that “Russia must be made to pay” as he confronted Moscow’s foreign minister over the invasion of Ukraine and the death of Alexei Navalny.

The Foreign Secretary used a G20 meeting in Rio to challenge Sergey Lavrov over the Kremlin’s ongoing war and the “assassination” of an opposition leader.

At the stormy meeting, the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, France and Norway also criticized Russia.

Lavrov, known as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack dog, is said to have responded to the Western “fabrication” about Navalny’s death.

He was also mocked for laying out an “alternative set of facts” about events in Ukraine.

Lord Cameron’s speech to G20 foreign ministers came shortly after Britain imposed sanctions on the heads of the Arctic penal colony where Navalny was killed.

David Cameron vowed “Russia must be made to pay” as he confronted Moscow’s foreign minister over the invasion of Ukraine and the death of Alexei Navalny.

The Foreign Secretary used a G20 meeting in Rio to challenge Sergey Lavrov over the Kremlin’s ongoing war and the “assassination” of an opposition leader.

Navalny, 47, is said to have been knocked unconscious and died suddenly on Friday after a walk through the penal colony where he was serving a three-decade sentence.

Navalny, 47, is said to have been knocked unconscious and died suddenly on Friday after a walk through the penal colony where he was serving a three-decade sentence.

Navalny, 47, is said to have been knocked unconscious and died suddenly on Friday after a walk through the penal colony where he was serving a three-decade sentence.

Lord Cameron and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, pictured speaking at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting.

Lord Cameron and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, pictured speaking at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting.

Lord Cameron and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, pictured speaking at the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting.

“Russia must be made to pay for its aggression,” the Foreign Minister said at the summit.

‘There is no more serious problem for the world, and it is the world that is gathered here, than one country invading another in this completely illegal and unacceptable way.

“And the whole world should stand with Ukraine, should support Ukraine and should denounce the illegality of what Putin and his cronies have done.”

According to the bbcLord Cameron joined the foreign ministers of France, Canada and Germany in naming Navalny and blaming Russia for his “murder” in front of Lavrov.

The Kremlin politician reportedly looked away and looked at his phone, before using his own speech to deny the murder allegations, calling them “fabrications.”

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said Lavrov responded to Lord Cameron’s comments with “an alternative set of facts” about developments in Ukraine.

Navalny, 47, is said to have been knocked unconscious and died suddenly on Friday after a walk through the penal colony where he was serving a three-decade sentence.

Those responsible for their detention in the brutal prison camp suffered an asset freeze and travel ban by Britain yesterday.

The death of the vociferous Kremlin opponent occurred in the remote IK-3 prison, known as ‘Polar Wolf’, in the Arctic Circle.

The Foreign Ministry highlighted the barbaric treatment of Navalny, who dedicated his life to exposing the corruption of the Putin regime, while detained as a political prisoner.

He was kept in solitary confinement for up to two weeks at a time, denied medical treatment and forced to walk in -32°C temperatures while detained in the penal colony.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs named six sanctioned people: Colonel Vadim Konstantinovich Kalinin, head of the ‘Polar Wolf’ penal colony, as well as five deputy directors Sergey Korzhov, Vasily Vydrin, Vladimir Pilipchik, Aleksandr Golyakov and Aleksandr Obraztsov.

The six men are now banned from entering Britain and are subject to an asset freeze which prevents UK companies and individuals from dealing with them.

Conservative MP Alicia Kearns warned that the measures Britain is taking in response to Navalny’s murder are not yet tough enough.

‘We need to go further. Much further,” said the president of the Foreign Affairs committee of the House of Commons.

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