The G7 countries urge Russia to urgently clarify who is responsible for the “poisoning” of Alexey Navalny and bring those responsible to justice, according to a joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of these countries, distributed on Tuesday by the State Department.
“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers, call on Russia to urgently and fully clarify who is responsible for this provocative poisoning attack and, mindful of Russia’s obligations under the chemical weapons Convention, bring those responsible to justice,” the statement said.
The Foreign Ministers of the seven countries expressed their condemnation “in the strongest possible terms” of the “confirmed poisoning” of Navalny.
“Germany informed the G7 partners about the fact that the clinical and toxicological findings of German medical experts and a specialized laboratory of the German armed forces indicate that Mr. Navalny is the victim of a chemical attack using a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group, a substance developed by Russia,” the document says.
The signatories called the situation “a serious blow to democracy and political diversity in Russia.” In this regard, the G7 Ministers called on Moscow to comply with its obligations under the International Covenant on civil and political rights.
“We will continue to closely monitor how Russia responds to international calls for an explanation for the monstrous poisoning of Mr. Navalny,” the statement said.