BRUSSELS – NATO calls for an international investigation into the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and asks Moscow to disclose its Novichok nerve agent program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPAC).
“The Russian government must fully cooperate with OPAC in an impartial international investigation,” said the NATO secretary general. Jens Stoltenberg, at the end of an extraordinary meeting of the Alliance on the case of the Russian dissident, who according to his collaborators and according to Germany was poisoned in Russia.
“The Allies today discussed the attack on Alexei Navalnyj poisoned with the use of a nerve military agent. The use of such weapons is horrible and all allies have joined in condemning this attack. Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. and it is contrary to international norms, “he added. For Stoltenberg, Russia has “serious questions to answer”.
Moscow’s reaction was immediate: Russia is unable to share information on Novichok because it “does not produce it”. The answer is entrusted to the Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Duma, Aleksei Chepa: “The objective of the NATO representatives towards Russia is not clear: they already know everything about Novichok in the United States and the United Kingdom, where it is produced, while Russia does not produce it, “he said.