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Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

04 Sep. 2020

Press Release (2020) 071
Issued on 04 Sep. 2020

Allies condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack on Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition figure, with the use of a nerve agent from the banned Novichok group.

Any use of chemical weapons, under any circumstances, is a clear breach of international law and contrary to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the use of all chemical weapons.

We are united in our call on Russia, as a matter of urgency, to be fully transparent and to bring those responsible to justice, bearing in mind Russia's commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention. In this context, as part of a joint international response, Allies support the important role of the OPCW and urge Russia to immediately disclose any information relevant for its work.

Allies thank Germany for hosting Mr Navalny and the Charité hospital in Berlin for his treatment. Our thoughts are with him and his family. We wish him a swift and full recovery

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