The U.S. and 44 more countries gathered on the session of the OPCW in the Hague, in order to ask the Russian government about the poisoning of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny in Russia last summer. Press office of the U.S. Department of the State reported that on October 6.
"The United States and many in the international community have long sought clarity on Russia’s attempted assassination of Mr. Navalny with a chemical weapon on August 20, 2020, and whether it intends to cooperate with the OPCW. Given its status as a State Party to the CWC, Russia’s continued lack of transparency and cooperation surrounding the poisoning is particularly concerning. The questions were submitted in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article IX of the CWC, which sets forth the formal process by which a State Party can make a request to another State Party for clarification on any matter that may cause doubt about compliance. The CWC requires Russia to provide its response within 10 days", reads the message.
The U.S. Department of the State claimed that all kinds of chemical weapons are banned; anyone who uses it must be identified and brought to responsibility. Washington urges Moscow to reply to the question, according to its commitments.
As is known, Aleksei Navalny fainted while on a plane from Tomsk to Moscow, on August 20, 2020. He was hospitalized, and then sent to German clinic Charite. German lab experts run probes of his samples and found the traces of Novichok, the nerve agent developed in Russia. OPCW experts confirmed these conclusions. Moscow denies all charges in attempts on Navalny's life.