NATO consults on response to poisoning Navalny

Today the representatives of NATO countries will discuss the issue of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. The German government reported on Wednesday to have “unequivocal proof” that Navalny has been poisoned with Novichok.

Novichok, the collective name for a group of nerve gases, was developed in the 70s and 80s in the Soviet Union as a chemical weapon. In 2018 the Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal was poisoned with it in England, together with his daughter. They barely survived. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) put Novichok on a list of banned substances after the poisoning, just like other nerve gases.

The OPCW called the poisoning of Navalny earlier this week a “worrying” use of chemical weapons.

German officials will inform the 29 allies about the investigation on Friday. Navalny is in a coma in a German hospital, after he became unwell on August 20th on a flight from Siberia to Moscow.

The European Union calls on Russia to cooperate with the OPCW so that an impartial international investigation can be carried out into the poisoning of Navalny. The Russian Government denies any involvement in the poisoning of Navalny.