UK backs threat of sanctions against Navalny poisoning


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Alexey Navalny collapsed in August robbery

The UK has joined with France and Germany in threatening sanctions against Russia for the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

Dominic Raab said the evidence that the opposition leader had been poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia was now “undeniable”.

The Foreign Secretary said the UK stood “side by side” with France and Germany, which also threatened sanctions.

Mr Navalny collapsed on a flight on August 20 but recovered after treatment in Berlin.

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed on Tuesday that nerve agents from the Novichok family were found in samples taken from the Kremlin critic.

Previously, France and Germany had accused Russia of “involvement and responsibility” in the poisoning and announced that they would seek to impose EU sanctions on those responsible for what they called “this. crime and this violation of international standards ”.

In a statement, Mr. Raab said: “Although they have a clear case to answer, the Russian authorities continue to make no credible attempt to investigate this attack.

“There is no plausible explanation for the poisoning of Mr. Navalny other than the involvement and responsibility of Russia in this terrible attack. ”

He added: “We will work with our international partners to advance sanctions against Russian officials and others who are held responsible for this crime as well as those involved in the development of the Novichok chemical weapons program. ”

Mr Navalny told BBC Russian earlier this week that recovering from a nerve agent is a long journey, with sleepless nights and awkward movements.

But he said he was “doing much, much better” and insisted that he eventually return to Russia.


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