56 countries support OPCW findings on Navalny’s poisoning with Novichok

Source : 112 Ukraine

All EU countries, except for the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Norway, Albania, Montenegro, Australia, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and others joined the statement
13:58, 1 December 2020

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
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56 of the 193 member states of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) supported its conclusions that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with the toxic neuro-paralytic substance from the Novichok group. This is stated in a joint statement of the countries, published on the website of the OPCW, following the 25th session of the Conference of OPCW States.

"We, as States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention, condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon in the Russian Federation against Alexei Navalny on 20 August. We welcome the assistance provided by the OPCW Technical Secretariat in the aftermath of Mr. Navalny’s poisoning. OPCW analysis of biomedical samples confirmed the presence of a cholinesterase inhibitor. We note that the cholinesterase inhibitor has been further identified as a nerve agent from a group of chemicals known as “Novichoks”. We have full confidence in the OPCW’s independent expert finding that Mr. Navalny was exposed to a Novichok nerve agent," the statement said.

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It was also noted that a Novichok nerve agent had also been used in an attack in the United Kingdom back in 2018.  

As we reported earlier, on August 20, Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was urgently hospitalized during his return to Moscow from Tomsk. He felt bad during the flight and the plane was urgently landed in Omsk. Alexei Navalny was put on a ventilator. Later, the doctors reported that Navalny was not poisoned. The head physician claimed that his metabolism has been impaired. 

On September 2, a special laboratory of the Bundeswehr has conducted a toxicological test using samples from Alexei Navalny and came to the conclusion that the Russian politician was poisoned with a substance of neuro-paralytic agent from the Novichok group.

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