After the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Russia rejects any involvement in the crime. The European Union condemns the attack, but first wants further investigation.
After the poison attack on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the European Union is refraining from sanctions against Russia for the time being. The international community could only impose new penalties if research reveals who, according to the German presentation, is responsible for the deliberate poisoning, the EU commission said Thursday. The Navalny case is not currently under investigation, said Commission spokesman Peter Stano. He called on Russia to open an independent investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The EU will respond on the basis of Moscow’s next steps. The act itself called Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen hateful and cowardly.
Meanwhile, Russian leadership has denied allegations of possible involvement in the case. “There is no reason to blame the Russian state,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Thursday, according to the Tass agency. Therefore, he sees no reason for sanctions that can be imposed on Russia or the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
Federal government: “He must be silenced”
The federal government considers it “unequivocally” proven that Navalny was poisoned with the chemical nerve agent Novitschok. A special laboratory of the Bundeswehr had established this. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spoke on Wednesday of an “attempted poisoning” of one of the leading figures of the opposition in Russia. She said, “He should be silenced.”
Navalny, 44, is one of President Vladimir Putin’s strongest critics. Navalny’s team believes that Putin wanted to eliminate the well-known opposition party.
Kremlin spokesman Peskov said the case would not benefit anyone. “I don’t think that’s helpful to anyone – if you take a sober look at what happened.” There is no reason for the head of state to make a statement, and talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel are not planned.
AfD also has doubts
The AfD, on the other hand, considers it doubtful that the Kremlin could have anything to do with the poisoning of Russian government critic Alexei Navalny. The party refuses to establish a link between the case and the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. “No doubt about the poison attack on Navalny to be clarified,” party leader Tino Chrupalla said on Thursday when asked. The federal government should therefore not question Nord Stream 2 and thereby endanger “German energy security”.
AfD parliamentary group spokesman Paul Hampel said: “Navalny had opponents inside and outside the Kremlin. The federal government would do well to act objectively and with a sense of proportion.” Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has not yet done this. Hampel added, “It is true that speculation on this matter is inappropriate, but what surprised me from the start is the fact that Navalny was photographed just as he was selling the alleged” gift tea “at Tomsk Airport. Thought of himself.”
Navalny has been in a coma since a domestic flight in Siberia two weeks ago. There he conducted research for his anti-corruption fund and for the upcoming regional elections.