US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again urged Russia to conduct a “full and thorough” investigation into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny and to allow the international community to take part in it.
“We believe that this poisoning deserves a full and comprehensive investigation,” Pompeo told French radio station France Inter. – We also asked all countries to participate in determining how these chemicals got into Navalny’s body.”
One of President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics in Russia, Navalny, was flown to Germany two days after becoming ill on a domestic flight. Since then, he has been in the Charite hospital in Berlin.
On Monday, the hospital said Navalny, who had been in an induced coma for more than a week, had been “successfully disconnected from the ventilator.” The hospital report noted that he was recovering mobility and could briefly get out of bed.
Earlier, the German government announced that specialized laboratories in France and Sweden confirmed that 44-year-old Navalny was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent developed during the Soviet era.
“We ask the Russian side to help the world understand how this could have happened,” Pompeo said.