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.
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kmm / msh (Reuters, AP, AFP)