Pompeo says Navalny poisoning likely ordered by ‘senior Russian officials’

United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said there is a “substantial chance” senior Russian officials were behind the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Navalny is a fierce critic of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. On August 20, he fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where he spent two days in hospital before being evacuated to Germany.

Germany says he was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in an attempt to murder him. Russia has rejected the claims. On Monday, Berlin’s Charite hospital that has been treating Navalny said his condition has improved and he is being weaned off mechanical ventilation.

“People all around the world see this kind of activity for what it is. And when they see the effort to poison a dissident, and they recognize that there is a substantial chance that this actually came from senior Russian officials, I think this is not good for the Russian people. I think it’s not good for Russia”, Pompeo said in an interview, adding that the US is working with European powers to find whoever was responsible for Navalny’s poisoning.

Pompeo also signed on to a joint statement by the foreign ministers of G7 member states demanding that Russia be transparent on who was responsible for the attack.

“We will continue to monitor closely how Russia responds to international calls for an explanation of the hideous poisoning of Mr. Navalny”, the G7 said.

News by NewEurope

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