Ministers of G7 countries, High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Russia to hold an investigation and determine guilty in the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny as the U.S. State Department reported.
“We, the G7 foreign ministers, call on Russia to urgently and fully establish transparency on who is responsible for this abhorrent poisoning attack and, bearing in mind Russia’s commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention, to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the statement says.
Special attention was paid to clinical findings provided by German authorities that Navalny was poisoned by a neuro-paralytic agent from the Novichok group developed by Russia.
“Any use of chemical weapons, anywhere, anytime, by anybody, under any circumstances whatsoever, is unacceptable and contravenes the international norms prohibiting the use of such weapons”.
Moreover, the attack on Navalny was estimated as another major setback on democracy and political pluralism in Russia. The ministers urged Russia to fulfill its commitments on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to guarantee these rights, including the right for freedom for expression of opinions.
In her turn, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also urged Russia to hold a comprehensive investigation due to the findings of Germany that Alexei Navalny was poisoned by Novichok as Voice of America reported.
“It is not good enough to simply deny he was poisoned and deny the need for a thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigation into this assassination attempt. Russian authorities should fully investigate who was responsible for this crime – a very serious crime that was committed on Russian soil,” she stated.
She also expressed concern over the number of cases of poisoning and murders of current and former Russian citizens in Russia and other countries during the past two decades.
Moreover, Bachelet’s Spokesperson Rupert Colville reminded about the incident with Sergey Skripal, who was poisoned with Novichok in Salisbury in 2018, and the murder of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned by Polonium-210 in London in 2006.
“These are not materials that you can buy in a pharmacy or a farm shop or a hardware store,” he noted.
According to Colville, the proper court proceedings were not observed at the previous incidents and it led to the ‘complete impunity’ of Russia.
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. He regains consciousness. The preliminary diagnosis is poisoning with the psycholytic drug. Currently, Alexei Navalny is in a coma. 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.