German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas are demanding that the Russian authorities investigate and punish those responsible for the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This was reported by the German newspaper Die Welt with reference to a relevant joint statement.
"Given Mr. Navalny's prominent role in the political opposition in Russia, the authorities are now urging to clarify this act to the smallest detail - and in full transparency. Those responsible must be identified and brought to justice," Merkel and Maas said.
The name of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was not mentioned in the statement.
As we reported earlier, the German clinic Charite, where Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is undergoing treatment, stated that initial research pointed to the politician's poisoning.
"Clinical studies indicate intoxication with a substance from a group of active substances called cholinesterase inhibitors. The specific substance is not yet known, so another large analysis has been started," reads the message.