German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated she openly criticizes Russian President Vladimir Putin in personal conversations. She said this during the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko asked Merkel to answer "yes" or "no" to the question of whether she considers Vladimir Putin's killer.
"As for Vladimir Putin, I will say in my own words, when it comes to criticism of him, I do not hide it, I tell it to him in personal conversations," Merkel said.
Merkel noted that she criticizes the Russian leader for human rights violations in Russia, including the situation with Alexei Navalny.
But Merkel did not give a clear answer to Honcharenko's question. However, Honcharenko wrote in his Telegram channel that he considered the Chancellor's answer to be a "diplomatic yes."
"Merkel also stressed that she is now raising the issue of Navalny, but she can also name other violations of human rights in Russia. This answer can be considered a "diplomatic yes," Honcharenko said.
As it was reported, On April 19-22, Strasbourg is hosting the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Due to quarantine restrictions, delegates will work in hybrid format. Topics on the agenda include a debate on "The arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny in January 2021" and "The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey", as well as debates on "Covid passports or certificates: protection of fundamental rights and legal implications", "Armenian prisoners of war and other captives", "Covid-19 vaccination certificates: how to protect public health and human rights?", and "Russian threat to the pursuit of peace in Europe".