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Biden warns Putin there will be 'devastating consequences' if Alexei Nalavny diess

Joe Biden warned Vladimir Putin on Wednesday there would be 'devastating' consequences if opposition leader Alexei Navalny died while in Russian custody. 

'I made it clear to him that I believe the consequences of that would be devastating for Russia,' he said at a press conference after the two leaders held a three-hour summit meeting.

Putin, in an interview with NBC News ahead of the summit, would offer no guarantees that Navalny will get out of prison alive.

In his own press conference after Wednesday's summit, Putin shrugged off questions on the dissident leader. He referred to him as 'the man' and did not use his name. 

'This man knew that he was breaking the law of Russia,' Putin said of Nalvany's return to the country after he left to receive medical treatment. 

Joe Biden warned Vladimir Putin there would be 'devastating' consequences if opposition leader Alexei Navalny died while in Russian custody

Russian President Vladimir Putin described Navalny a 'repeat offender' who 'deliberately wanted to be arrested'

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for parole violations after he left Russia to get medical treatment after being poisoned with a nerve agent

Navalny was the victim of poisoning with the Russian-made nerve agent novichok. He was medically evacuated to Berlin. Upon his return, he was detained on accusations of violating parole conditions.

Putin described Navalny a 'repeat offender' who 'deliberately wanted to be arrested.'

'He is somebody who has been twice, convicted, and he consciously ignored the requirements of the law,' he said. 

Navalny was convicted multiple times in Russian for embezzlement but his criminal cases were widely considered to be politically motivated and intended to bar him from running in future elections. 

Additionally, his political group was outlawed recently under a fresh crackdown by the Kremlin on opposition groups.  

Putin turned questions about dissidents and human rights violations into criticism of the United States, referring to the January 6th MAGA riot when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to try and stop the certification of Biden's election victory.

Putin pointed out those protesters were being arrested by American officials.

'Many people are facing the same things that we do,' he said. 

'On the question of who is murdering whom, people rioted and went into the Congress in the U.S. with political demands and many people were declared as criminals and they are threatened with imprisonment for 20 to 25 years. And these people were immediately arrested after those events. On what grounds we don't know, always,' he said. 

Biden called Putin's comparison of Russian protesters to Black Lives Matter protests and the January 6th MAGA riot 'ridiculous.' 

'It's one thing for literally criminals to break through the window of the capital, kill a police officer, and be held accountable. And then there's four people objecting marching on the Capitol, saying, You are not allowing me to speak for you. You're not allowing me to do A, B, C or D. And so they're very different kinds,' he said. 

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