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NATO CHIEF CALLS FOR ‘INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE’ OVER NAVALNY POISONING

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, has described the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as an attack on fundamental democratic rights.

Stoltenberg on Friday called on Russia to fully cooperate with an “impartial investigation” led by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW into the suspected poisoning.

Earlier this week, the German government announced that Navalny had been poisoned with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok, the same chemical weapon British authorities say was used against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018.

Meanwhile, EU officials is urging “restrictive measures” against Russia over the suspected poisoning of the Putin critic, including sanctions.

However, observers argue that the EU has little room to manoeuvre since the perpetrator remains unknown.