Germany and France call on Russia for sanctions for poisoning Navalny News | DW


Germany and France have proposed EU sanctions against Russia for its involvement in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a joint statement released on Wednesday. “The proposals will target individuals found responsible for this crime and for violating international standards, on the basis of their official function, as well as an institution involved in the Novichok program,” the statement said.

France and Germany saw no “plausible explanation” other than “Russia’s involvement and responsibility,” after Russia repeatedly failed to provide a credible explanation.

Navalny was flown to Germany two days after falling ill on August 20 while on a domestic flight in Russia.

The UN chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, on Tuesday confirmed earlier findings that the opposition leader was poisoned by a Soviet-developed Novichok group nerve agent.

The proposal comes at the end of a day that saw both Navalny and German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass address the positioning incident and possible sanctions.

Maas threatens sanctions

Maas earlier Wednesday set the stage, threatening possible “targeted and disruptive sanctions” if Russia did not provide responses to the incident.

“A serious violation of international law has been perpetrated with a chemical warfare agent, and something like this cannot be without consequences,” he told the Bundestag parliament.

“It is clear that if the events are not clarified, if the necessary information is not provided, targeted and proportionate sanctions against those responsible on the Russian side will be inevitable. ”

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Maas called the attack a “serious violation of international law” and said Germany would coordinate a response with its European allies and the OPCW in the coming days.

Read more: German Chancellor Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital

kmm / msh (Reuters, AP, AFP)


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