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Russia denies poisoning Alexei Navalny: Do not draw hasty conclusions

Alexei Navalny

The Russian government also sees no reason to impose sanctions on them. There is no basis for accusing the Russian state of poisoning Alexei Navalny.

This is the message today from the spokesman for the Russian government, Dmitry Peskov, who flatly denies that they had a hand in the poisoning of Putin critic Alexei Navalny. It writes the news agency Reuters.

It happens after the German government yesterday announced that traces of the neurotoxin Novichok had been found in Navalny’s body. At a subsequent press conference , German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the poisoning an “assassination attempt” and said Russia now has to answer a series of serious questions.

The question, however, is whether the world will ever get answers to those questions.

In an official statement today, the Russian government says it will not accept the accusations of having poisoned Navalny and urges other countries not to draw too quick conclusions in the case.

No reason for sanctions

At a press conference yesterday, Angela Merkel warned that sanctions could be imposed on Russia and that she will discuss with the EU and NATO how they will react to the poisoning of Navalny.

Russia, however, does not believe there is any reason to sanction them.

“We do not see the reasons for imposing sanctions on us,” said Dmitry Peskov , a spokesman for the Russian government.


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