President Trump refuses to condemn Russia for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny

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An international response is required in the Alexei Navalny poisoning case but opinions are different. President Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, saying he has not seen proof. „I think it’s tragic, it’s terrible, it shouldn’t happen. We haven’t had any proof yet but I will take a look,” he said. Nato and Germany say there is “proof beyond doubt” that Mr Navalny was attacked with a Novichok nerve agent. On Friday Nato called for Russia to disclose its Novichok nerve agent programme to international monitors. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members were united in condemning the “horrific” attack on Mr Navalny.

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On the other part, the Russian foreign ministry suggested that if a Novichok-type nerve agent had indeed been used, it did not necessarily originate in Russia. The brief statement released by the foreign ministry on Saturday noted “multiple hostile statements made against Russia” over Mr Navalny’s illness. Under the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, Russia and the US committed themselves to eliminating all of their nerve agents and other chemical weapons. It was said The US is expected to destroy its final stockpile by the end of 2023 while Russia officially completed the process in 2017.