What and Who Poisoned Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny?
Pompeo announced &# 171; significant probability&# 187; involvement of the Russian authorities in the poisoning of Navalny
US Secretary of State says Washington is considering possible retaliatory measures
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was “significant likelihood” that the alleged poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was commissioned by senior Russian officials..
“There is a significant possibility that this actually came from high-ranking Russian officials,” Pompeo said in a radio broadcast by political commentator Ben Shapiro, according to a State Department transcript..
Pompeo says US is evaluating retaliation.
“We will do our best to reduce the risks of a repeat of this,” he said..
Navalny, who is undergoing treatment at a Berlin hospital, was flown to Germany after he became ill on a domestic Russian flight..
Germany said it had been assassinated by the nerve agent Novichok. Russia claims it has no evidence of Navalny poisoning.
“I think the world has matured and came to an understanding that normal countries do not act like that, and it will cost the Russian side dearly,” Pompeo said..
“I don’t think this is good for Russia,” the secretary of state continued. – I think people see this and say that countries that want to be powers, want to be important and play a role on the world stage should not act this way. Instead, they must promote freedom and democracy. “.
He made it clear that the United States is developing new sanctions against Russia.
“When it comes to direct US government response, I don’t want to get ahead of the president,” Pompeo said. – This is what we will look at and appreciate “.
He also suggested that the United States will conduct its own investigation into the poisoning, stating that “we will do everything possible to also draw a conclusion about who is responsible for this.”.
Meanwhile, a senior Republican senator said that US intelligence should find and release information about the wealth of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his closest associates in response to the poisoning of Navalny..
“I think the Russians will be pretty upset when they find out how many billions not only Putin has, but also his associates in his inner circle, how much these people are worth,” said Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, member of the Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman Subcommittee on Europe, Washington Examiner.
While the US is mulling new sanctions against Russia, Johnson offered to punish Putin personally.
“We need to make sure that our sanctions are targeted, I hope very precisely, against Putin and the people who support him, so that it is very painful for them,” Johnson said..