Russia says Germany has provided ‘no proof’ of Navalny poisoning with novichok
France, Germany and UK will propose sanctions in connection with the poisoning of Navalny
The foreign ministers of France and Germany said that Moscow did not provide a convincing explanation for what happened.
France and Germany have said they will propose to the European Union to impose sanctions on some Russian citizens due to the lack of reliable responses from Moscow about the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny by a nerve agent.
“Russia has never provided a convincing explanation. In this context, we believe that the poisoning of Mr. Navalny cannot be plausibly explained except by the involvement and responsibility of Russia, ”said the foreign ministers of the two countries Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas.
Earlier, diplomats told Reuters that France and Germany would propose to impose sanctions against Russian military intelligence (GRU) personnel at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on October 12..
“Having made the necessary conclusions from these facts, France and Germany will submit proposals for additional sanctions to their European partners,” the two ministers said. – Proposals will be directed against persons found responsible for this crime and violation of international norms, based on their official duties, as well as against the organization involved in the program "Newbie"”.
Le Drian told a parliamentary committee in Paris on Wednesday: “We are talking with Germany about the need for clarification from Russia, and if it does not clarify, then we need to draw conclusions at the European level. We are synchronizing our actions with Germany “.
At the same time, he noted that Paris does not close the doors for dialogue with Moscow.
German Foreign Minister warned of possible “targeted and destructive sanctions” that will be imposed if Russia does not provide answers about Navalny’s poisoning.
“It is obvious that if the situation is not cleared up and the necessary information is not provided, then targeted and destructive sanctions against those responsible by Russia will be inevitable, and Russia would better not allow this,” said Heiko Maas.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Wednesday evening that his country will work with its international partners to advance such sanctions..
“Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with our German and French partners in our response to the hideous poisoning of Alexei Navalny,” Raab said..
Against the backdrop of growing tensions, Russia’s representative to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin, said that “Russia owes nothing to anyone.”.
“Neither Germany, nor other countries, which categorically and unsubstantiatedly assert that Russia is allegedly guilty of poisoning Navalny. We have nothing to justify in front of them, and we are not going to do it, ”he added..