Naval poisoning provokes international outrage

In a brief statement to reporters on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "It is certain that Alexei Navalny has been the victim of a crime. I condemn it. The German government."

Naval poisoning provokes international outrage

Merkel said the toxicity test concluded that a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin had been poisoned’ with Novak, a Soviet-developed product of the end of the Cold War. Were neuronal grade military agents. Was not present outside the current Russian army. .

Within minutes of the announcement, world leaders intended to strongly condemn the heinous act.

World leaders reacted

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called the use of chemical weapons "outrageous" and said "the Russian government must now explain what happened to Mr. Neville."

US National Security Council spokesman John Elliott tweeted: "The United States is deeply disturbed by the results released today. Alexei Navalny's poisoning is completely reprehensible." Kind of, and certainly not with chemical agents. "

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: "I want to condemn in the strongest terms the shocking and irresponsible use of such an agent." Le Drian noted that Novichok use violated international law banning chemical weapons.

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Markin Predakz called for an international inquiry.

"This is a reprehensible and cowardly act. Once again, the perpetrators need to be brought to justice," said European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen.

EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell said in a statement that the bloc "condemned" the use of chemical weapons in the strongest possible terms. "In any case, the use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable and against international law. That, too, is a violation. "

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has condemned the use of military-grade nerves, saying, "This is shocking, and I strongly condemn it." In a tweet, Stoltenberg said: "NATO will consider any use of chemical weapons a threat to international peace and security."

Russia wants to blame Germany

However, Russian officials have refrained from commenting extensively, preferring to accuse Germany of failing to share results with Russian law enforcement. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian officials were "ready and interested in full cooperation and exchange of information." Peskov also reiterated his claim that Russian doctors had found no toxic substances in the neoplastic system.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova used Russian state television to denounce Germany, saying Berlin was "making public statements without providing any facts."


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