‘Full & transparent’ investigation: NATO & EU leaders demand Russia investigates ‘attack’ on opposition figure Navalny
European Council President Charles Michel and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg have demanded that the Russian authorities urgently and thoroughly investigate the poisoning of opposition figure Alexey Navalny.
On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the anti-corruption campaigner had “without doubt” been poisoned with a ‘Novichok’ class chemical agent. According to the Charite Clinic in Berlin, where Navalny is currently being treated, he remains on a ventilator, and his recovery is likely to be lengthy.
Writing on Twitter, Stoltenberg condemned the “attack” on Navalny, urging Russia to conduct a “full and transparent” investigation.
Germany announced Alexey Navalny was victim of a Novichok attack. I utterly condemn the use of a military-grade nerve agent, which makes it even more urgent that Russia conducts full & transparent investigation. We’ll consult with Germany & all #NATO Allies on the implications.— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) September 2, 2020
Michel also tweeted with similar language, condemning what he called an “attempt to silence opposition leader Navalny.”
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the attempt to silence opposition leader #Navalny with a military grade nerve agent. Russia must fully investigate and justice must be served. pic.twitter.com/DHd4YoFYrC— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) September 2, 2020
Stoltenberg and Michel’s demands have been echoed by a litany of world leaders, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also tweeted, condemning US President Donald Trump’s silence on the issue, promising that he would “hold the Putin regime accountable for its crimes” if elected in November.
Time and time again, President Trump has refused to stand up to Putin. His silence on the poisoning of Mr. Navalny is just the latest example.As president, I'll do what Trump won't: hold the Putin regime accountable for its crimes. https://t.co/z11YyV6lq0— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 3, 2020
On August 20, Navalny was taken ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in another city, Omsk, 2,000km east of the capital, where the activist was taken to hospital. Two days later, after a request from his associates and his family, Navalny was flown to Berlin’s Charite clinic. On August 24, German doctors said that clinical studies results indicated that he was poisoned with a cholinesterase inhibitor.Also on rt.com Germany's Merkel claims someone wanted to 'silence' Navalny, but spokesman says 'poisoning' revelation won't affect Nord Stream 2
Despite Germany’s poisoning claims, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian doctors did not find any toxic substances in Navalny's system.
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