What happened to Alexei Navalny shocked everyone in the European Union, said at a plenary session of the European Parliament the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrel. He stressed that what happened should be called an “attempted murder”.
“We condemn this attempted murder without any ambiguity. These are the words we should use: attempted murder,” the official said.
He recalled that laboratories in France and Sweden confirmed the findings of Bundeswehr experts that Navalny was poisoned with a chemical warfare agent.
“Now there is undeniable evidence that a neurotoxin of the ” Novichok ” group was used, similar to that used to poison Julia and Sergei Skripalei,” continued the head of European diplomacy.
The EU sees the use of this substance as a serious violation of international law and human rights. Borrel called on the Russian authorities to cooperate in the investigation of the Navalny case, especially within the OPCW.
On September 3, Borrel condemned Navalny’s poisoning with banned chemical weapons on behalf of 27 EU countries. The statement said the EU called for a joint international response to the incident and reserved the right to impose sanctions.