Alexei Navalny's daughter calls for his medical treatment

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against an earlier court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term in Moscow Russia

The rising tensions between the former Soviet republics come against the background of a war of words between Moscow and Washington as US President Joe Biden seeks a tougher line against Putin.

US President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan also denounced Navalny's treatment, saying that the US government has told Russian Federation that "there will be consequences" if he dies in prison.

Biden failed to publicly address the issue when speaking about recent sanctions against Russian Federation last week and was seemingly unaware of the opposition leader's condition when confronted by reporters.

The prison has prevented Navalny's personal doctors from seeing him. The Kremlin denies the allegation.

The European Union's top diplomats will discuss the situation on Monday, the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement, calling for the Kremlin critic to be granted "immediate access to medical professionals he trusts".

He is serving two and a half years on old embezzlement charges - which he says are politically motivated - in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov around 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Moscow.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for Navalny to receive immediate medical care as did the US State Department, while French President Emmanuel Macron said world powers should draw "clear red lines" with Russian Federation and consider possible sanctions when they are crossed.

Navalny, a vocal opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, began a hunger strike on March 31 in protest of what he said was the refusal of prison authorities to offer him proper medical care for acute back and leg pain.

"Alexei is dying", Yarmysh said on Facebook.

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"With his condition it's a matter of days".

"Russian authorities are responsible for Aleksey Navalny's well-being, and we call on them to allow him access to necessary medical care immediately in response to disturbing reports his health is deteriorating", the department's spokesperson Ned Price wrote on Twitter.

"He will not be allowed to die in prison, but I can say that Mr. Navalny, he behaves like a hooligan, absolutely", Ambassador Andrei Kelin said in the interview. "At tomorrow's Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, EU foreign ministers will also address Navalny's situation", said Maas.

Mr Navalny's allies say he refused prison medical treatment because it is outdated and, at times, even risky.

The open letter was published in Le Monde newspaper in France, The Economist, La Repubblica in Italy and Der Spiegel in Germany.

Navalny's team had earlier announced plans to stage what they said would be "modern Russia's biggest protest".

His allies had said they would set a date for the protest once 500,000 supporters had registered with a website.

As of Sunday, almost 460,000 people had signed up, but Navalny's team announced the protest saying they could not wait any longer.

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