American president Donald Trump says that he has not yet seen any evidence that the Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny has been poisoned. “I don’t know exactly what happened. I think it’s tragic, it’s terrible, it shouldn’t have happened,” Trump said at a press conference.
“We haven’t had any evidence yet, but I’ll look into it,” said the president. “I find it interesting that everyone keeps talking about Russia, while a country like China deserves much more attention.”
The United States had previously expressed its “grave concern” to Russia, after German laboratory research had revealed that Navalny had been poisoned with the nerve poison Novichok. At the press conference, Trump said he had no reason to doubt the German conclusion.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier this week that Navalny had been the victim of an attack to silence him. Merkel demands an explanation from Moscow, but Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning. The Russian government has, however, declared its willingness to cooperate with the German authorities in the investigation into Navalny.
Navalny is in a coma in a German hospital, after he became unwell on a flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20.