France voices outrage over Navalny ‘poisoning’
The US administration will work with allies to bring those responsible to justice
The White House on Wednesday expressed outrage over the fact that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent Novichok, as previously reported by the German authorities.
The National Security Council recalled on Twitter that Russia “in the past” has already used "Newbie"”, And pledged that the United States will” work with allies and the international community to bring those responsible in Russia to justice “and” curb funding flows for their malicious acts. “.
The US has no reason to question the German government’s findings that Novichok was used to poison Navalny, a senior anonymous government source familiar with US intelligence reports and analysis said Wednesday..
According to the source, the use of Novichok demonstrated that Putin is ready for “daring” actions against persons whom he considers dangerous or annoying, thereby trying to demonstrate that he is in charge and must be obeyed without question..
In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the poisoning of Alexei Navalny “shocking” and categorically condemned this crime, demanding that the Russian authorities conduct a thorough investigation of his circumstances.
“The use of a nerve agent used by the military requires … that the Russian authorities conduct a full and open investigation. The perpetrators must be identified and held accountable. We will consult with Germany and all allies regarding the implications of these findings.. NATO considers any use of chemical weapons as a threat to international peace and security, ”the NATO head in a statement..
UK authorities have previously concluded that a substance from the same group was used in the 2018 assassination attempt on former double agent Sergei Skripal.
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