NATO urges Russian government to cooperate with int’l investigation into Navalny poisoning

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to the media after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (Michael Kappeler/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 1:25 PM PT – Friday, September 4, 2020

World leaders continue to demand an international response following the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. German doctors recently found Russia’s opposition politician was poisoned with a Soviet style nerve agent.

On Friday, NATO’s secretary general urged for Russia to fully cooperate with an international investigation.

Navalny fell dramatically ill while on a flight to Berlin, sparking global attention. Russia has yet to open a criminal investigation.

“NATO allies agree that Russia now has serious questions it must answer. The Russian government must fully cooperate with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on an impartial international investigation. Those responsible for this attack must be held accountable and brought to justice.” – Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO

FILE – In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Russian police carry opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, from a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia.  (AP Photo, File)

Russian officials have claimed there is no evidence of poisoning and are demanding more transparency from the German specialists treating Navalny.

Currently, the opposition leader is in a coma while recovering at a hospital in Berlin.

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