Merkel: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny

Germany is waiting for a response from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and will then discuss a possible response in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

“This is not a bilateral case, it is a crime that took place on Russian territory, a violation of the convention on chemical weapons, so it is an international issue. We are waiting for the results from the OPCW and then we will discuss the necessary response in the European circle,” Merkel said.

According to her, Germany still expects Russia to explain the incident. “We called on Russia – and today I do it again – to conduct a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the attack,” she said.

Merkel stressed that Germany will adhere to certain principles in relations with Russia.

Navalny became ill on the flight from Tomsk to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. The politician was hospitalized and put into an induced coma. Two days later he was transferred to Germany for treatment. Navalny has been discharged from the clinic and is undergoing rehabilitation. German doctors and experts from laboratories in France and Switzerland, as well as specialists of the laboratory at the OPCW believe that he was poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok

(c) UAWire

6 comments

  • “Merkel stressed that Germany will adhere to certain principles in relations with Russia.”

    Let me guess, another pipeline, or gas turbines to Crimea as punishment? I have a better idea, and this applies not only to the EU. Slap crippling sanctions on Muscovy, and remove them only when Muscovy can prove their innocence.

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    • This was their response after the Skripals poisoning:

      “Russia has provided no explanation; and no meaningful response.
      No explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the United Kingdom; no explanation as to
      why Russia has an undeclared chemical weapons programme contravening its obligations under the
      chemical weapons convention.
      Instead they have treated the first ever aggressive use of a nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm,
      contempt and defiance.”

      And nothing happened so I’m not sure what Merkel is waiting for.

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  • Merkel last month: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny
    Merkel two weeks ago: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny
    Merkel a week ago: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny
    Merkel today: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny
    Merkel tomorrow: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny
    Merkel next week: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny
    Merkel next month: Crickets…

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