Merkel says Novichok poisoning of Russia’s Navalny was attempted murder

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Angela Merkel said there was “shocking information” that showed “beyond a doubt” that the apparent poisoning of Alexei Navalny was “an attempted murder with nerve agent” after a toxicology test in Germany showed that the opposition leader had been targeted with Novichok.

Merkel said Navalny was “the victim of a crime intended to silence him.” She said the gravity of that fact made it important for her to “take a clear stance.”

The chancellor said the case raises “very serious questions that only the Russian government can answer — and must answer,” adding, “the world will wait for an answer.”

Berlin slams attack ‘in strongest possible terms’

Previously, a government spokesman said that the test showed conclusive evidence that the Russian opposition leader had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

The test was conducted in a special German military lab, according to the government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
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