Russian opposition leader asks Trump to condemn poisoning by Putin'

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny calls on Trump to join other world leaders in condemning Russian President Putin for his ‘attempted murder by poisoning’

  • Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has called on Trump to condemn his poisoning
  • Navalny says he is sure Russian President Vladmir Putin ordered the chemical attack against him. However Trump has said: ‘We haven’t had any proof yet’ 
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Navalny was the victim of ‘attempted murder by poisoning’ and the aim was to ‘silence’ one of Putin’s opponents
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has also condemned the attack 
  • Navalny said he thinks it’s extremely important for the president of the United States to be very against using chemical weapons in the 21st Century 
  • The 60 Minutes interview is due to air Sunday at 7pm ET/PT on CBS 

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has called on President Trump to condemn his poisoning attack after reinforcing that he is certain Russian President Vladmir Putin ordered the chemical attack against him.

Navalny fell ill on a flight in Siberia on August 20 and tests found a nerve agent from the banned Novichok family in his system, according to results released last week.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Navalny was the victim of ‘attempted murder by poisoning’ with Novichok and added that the aim was to ‘silence’ an opponent of Mr Putin. French President Emmanuel Macron has also condemned the act.

Donald Trump dubbed the poisoning that put Navalny in a coma ‘tragic’, ‘terrible’ and something that ‘shouldn’t happen’. He then added: ‘We haven’t had any proof yet, but I will take a look.’

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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has called on President Trump to condemn his poisoning attack in Serbia this August


Navalny says he is ‘sure’ Russian President Vladmir Putin (left) ordered the chemical attack against him. However Trump has said: ‘We haven’t had any proof yet’

In an interview with 60 Minutes due to air Sunday at 7pm ET/PT on CBS, Navalny laughed as Lesley Stahl pointed out Trump’s failure to step up.

‘I have noticed [Trump] didn’t,’ he told Stahl. ‘I think it’s extremely important that everyone… maybe… first of all, president of United States, to be very again[st] using chemical weapons in the 21st Century.’

Russia denies any involvement in the attack and has said it doubts Navalny was poisoned.

Navalny went to a hospital in Berlin after one in Russia said he hadn’t been poisoned.

Independent tests in Sweden and France also verified the poison in his system.

But regarding Putin’s alleged attack, Navalny told the CBS program: ‘I’m sure that he is responsible.’

‘They deny everything,’ Navalny added to 60 Minutes. ‘Because it means that they still have this Novichok. They’re not just violating [the chemical weapons ban] with keeping it. They… continue to improve it.’

Britain’s delegation at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Twitter: ‘No doubt Novichok nerve agent used to poison Alexey #Navalny.’

A joint statement from 44 OPCW member countries including the Germany, Britain and the United States called on Moscow to investigate.

‘We urge the Russian Federation, on whose territory the attack took place, to investigate and to disclose, in a swift and transparent manner, the circumstances of this chemical weapons attack,’ the statement, tweeted by the UK delegation, said.

Last month, the UK government called in Moscow’s envoy to London, Alexei Kelin, to demand a ‘full, transparent investigation’ into the apparent targeting of Mr Navalny with Novichok.

The UK has been pushing for a tough international response to the episode – which has echoes of the 2018 Salisbury attack on a former Russian spy.

Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve toxin, was also used to poison a former Russian spy in England in 2018. The OPCW’s member states agreed last year to ban chemicals in the Novichok family, a ban that went into effect four months ago.

‘It’s a banned substance. I think Putin… he’s using this chemical weapon… [to]both kill me and, you know, terrify others. It’s something really scary,’ Navalny told Stahl.

‘Where the people just drop dead… no gun… no shots… you’ll be dead and without any traces on your body. It’s something terrifying. And Putin is enjoying it.’

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