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An attempt by Vladimir Putin to explain how Alexei Navalny was poisoned in Russia in a call with France went down so badly that it seriously set back his relations with Europe, intelligence sources have told Insider.
During the call, Putin is said to have suggested to Macron that Navalny may have poisoned himself in an elaborate attempt to discredit Russia.
“Blaming Germany and Navalny for removing evidence infuriated Merkel and suggesting Navalny did it himself probably gave Macron an aneurysm.”