Merkel Considers the Incident with Navalny to Be an International Problem
OREANDA-NEWS. Germany is awaiting a response from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the case of the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, and after that Berlin will discuss a possible reaction to this incident in the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
“This is not a bilateral affair, this is a crime that occurred on Russian territory, a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, so this is an international issue. We are awaiting the results of the OPCW, and then in the European circle we will discuss the necessary reaction,” Merkel said on September 30, speaking in the national parliament. According to her, Germany is still awaiting explanations from the Russian Federation on this incident.
Navalny became ill on August 20 during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. The oppositionist was hospitalized in a coma in Omsk. On August 22, he was transported to Germany for treatment at a Berlin clinic. On September 2, the German authorities, with reference to the Bundeswehr laboratory, announced that traces of poison from the Novichok group were found in Navalny’s body.