OPCW: poisoning Navalny with Novichok is use of chemical weapons

Poisoning of Russian opposition leader Navalny with nerve poison novice is “worrying”. That is what the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons proposes.

The poisoning of an individual with a nerve poison is considered by the OPCW as the use of chemical weapons. The organization continues to monitor the situation, is stated in a statement.

The states that have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention regard the use of these weapons in all circumstances as reprehensible and contrary to international law, according to Fernando Arias.

“Logic is missing

The German government said earlier that there is unequivocal evidence that Navalny has been poisoned with Novichok, the nerve poison that was also used two years ago rain the former Russian double agent Sergey Skripal, who was poisoned together with his daughter. Novichok has been on the OPCW’s list of banned poisons since last year.

The Russian government denies any involvement in the poisoning of Navalny. According to a spokesman, there is no logic as to why the Kremlin should do so, ‘because it does not benefit anyone’.

A top member of the Russian secret service did not rule out the possibility that Navalny’s situation was a result of ‘provocations from special Western services’.

Merkel demands an explanation

German Chancellor Merkel says that the Russian opposition leader has been the victim of a crime to silence him. She demands an explanation from Moscow. According to her, the German response to the poisoning of Navalny depends on the Russian response.

The German government is under political pressure to impose sanctions on Russia, for example by even withdrawing from the large Nord Stream oil pipeline project, which is being built to transport Russian gas to Europe.