According to the government of Germany, the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent named Novichok.
This came out after a toxicology test was conducted at a military laboratory displaying “unequivocal proof” of a toxic agent found from the Novichok group.
As per Navalny’s team, he was poisoned on the orders of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. On this, the Kremlin has dismissed the allegations calling them a stunt to ruin the reputation of the president.
On this, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel came forward and said that Mr. Navalny was a victim of attempted murder and now there are some “serious questions that only the Russian government can and must answer”. Source: BBC.
Further, Merkel continued and said- “Someone tried to silence him and in the name of the whole German government, I condemn that in the strongest terms.” Source: BBC.
She kept on sharing her views on the incident and stated that Germany’s Nato and EU partners were informed about the final results of the investigation and they would be releasing their resolution based on Russia’s reaction on this.
Ahead of this, she said “The world will be waiting for answers,” Source: BBC.
Mr. Alexei Navalny is an anti-corruption campaign runner who led the protests against the Russian authorities throughout the nation. Recently, he referred to the Russian government/Putin’s party as a spot of “crooks and thieves” that is “sucking the blood out of Russia”. Source: BBC.
After this, he was banned from standing against President Putin in elections. He denied the crime and referred to it as legal trouble.
So far, President Putin has not come forward to give his remarks over the incident.
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