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G7 has shown a clear position regarding Navalny’s poisoning

G7 foreign ministers expressed their clear and tough stance in connection with Navalny’s poisoning in a joint statement on Tuesday. They condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and demanded Russia to find and bring to justice those behind the Russian opposition leader poisoning. 

“We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the confirmed poisoning of Alexei Navalny,” the statement said.

Germany has briefed G7 partners on its findings, proved with clinical and toxicological tests carried out by German medical experts and a specialized laboratory of the German armed forces, that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve-agent of the “Novichok” group. Currently Navalny has come out of come, but remains in a serious condition.

It should be mentioned that Novichok nerve agent has already been used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK in 2018. They managed to survive. The UK accused Russia’s military intelligence of carrying out that attack.

The G7 members held the view that any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and contravenes the international norms prohibiting the use of such weapons and called on Russia to bring to justice those behind Navalny’s poisoning. “We, the G7 foreign ministers, call on Russia to urgently and fully establish transparency on who is responsible for this abhorrent poisoning attack and, bearing in mind Russia’s commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention, to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the joint document stressed.

The G7 top diplomats placed a big focus on the fact that Navalny’s poisoning is another grave blow against democracy and political plurality in Russia, and is a serious threat to those engaged in defending the political and civil freedoms that Russia herself has committed to guarantee.

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