France says Navalny victim of “criminal act” calls on Russia to conduct “transparent” investigation


Russian parliament orders investigation into possible foreign link in suspected Navalny poisoning

Hours later, US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan also urged Russian authorities to launch an “immediate, full and transparent investigation” that holds the parties behind the act to account, his spokesperson wrote on Twitter. .

Navalny, 44 ans, qui est l'un des critiques les plus féroces du président Vladimir Poutine, est soigné à l'hôpital de la Charité de Berlin après être tombé malade lors d'un vol en Sibérie jeudi dernier.

Supporters of Navalny claim he was poisoned by something in his cup of tea at a Siberian airport before boarding a flight to Moscow, and point the finger at Putin.

The German clinic said Monday that clinical tests “indicate intoxication with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors”, substances used in nerve agents as well as certain drugs and insecticides.

But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian doctors diagnosed Navalny’s condition the same way German doctors did, but were unsure what caused it.

France under President Emmanuel Macron has pursued a policy of dialogue with Russia, even on issues where it disagrees, a position which has at times put it at odds with EU allies.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)