Navalny blames Russian intelligence for ‘poisoning’ attack
UK: Navalny was almost certainly poisoned by Russian intelligence
Dominic Raab said this during a meeting with Mike Pompeo in Washington
The UK said on Wednesday that Russia must respond to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, since the poisoning almost certainly involved Russian intelligence agencies using a Soviet-developed chemical weapon known as Novichok..
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, speaking in Washington with Mike Pompeo, said that he was glad that Alexei Navalny was on the mend, but Russia should explain everything that happened, since the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the US Secretary of State, Raab recalled that “we saw with our own eyes the consequences of the use of Novichok by Russian intelligence officers in the Salisbury assassination attempt in 2018”.
“Needless to say, the use of banned chemical weapons is in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the British minister said..
“The Russian government is obliged to explain what happened to Mr. Navalny”, – said Raab.
“From a UK perspective, it is very difficult to find any plausible alternative explanation for what the Russian intelligence services have done, but certainly the Russian government has room for a response,” Raab said..
On Tuesday, Navalny shared a photo from a Berlin hospital. The picture shows him sitting on the bed with his family. Navalny said that for the first time after poisoning he can breathe on his own.
Navalny, one of the main critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell seriously ill on August 20 while on a working trip around the country and was later flown to Berlin..
Germany says laboratory tests done in three countries showed that a Russian opposition figure was poisoned with a nerve agent Novichok and that Western governments have demanded an explanation from Russia.
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