Western leaders and institutions have firmly condemned the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called on Moscow to provide explanations and assurances that the culprits will be brought to justice. Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu says that Navalny’s poisoning is completely unacceptable and has called for a thorough and impartial investigation in this case.
“I firmly condemn the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Navalny with the nerve agent Novichok, as officially reported today by the German Government. This totally unacceptable act requires thorough and impartial investigation and those responsible should face justice,” the head of the Romanian diplomacy wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Germany announced that Navalny, presently in a hospital in Berlin, was poisoned with a novichok nerve agent. The use of chemical weapons under any circumstances, is completely unacceptable and a breach of international law, the head of the European diplomacy Josep Borrell said. The White House has also voiced concern regarding the incident pledging cooperation with its allies to bring the culprits to justice.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday condemned the “shocking” poisoning of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny with the nerve agent Novichok and called on Russia to conduct a transparent investigation, AFP reports.
“It is shocking and I condemn this without appeal”, Stoltenberg said in a statement.
The tests carried out by a German military laboratory found “unequivocal evidence” that the Russian opponent had been poisoned “with a Novichok-type neurotoxic agent.” according to the German government.
Novichok, a powerful Soviet-designed neurotoxic agent, was used against former double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018 in the UK. That sparked a diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow.
On the other hand, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian government, says the authorities in Moscow are ready to cooperate with the German executive to uncover the circumstances of Navalny’s poisoning. This fourth-generation nerve agent has been used to eliminate numerous Kremlin critics, although Moscow has always denied any allegation.