After French President Nomanuel Macron urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to confirm the use of Novichok nerve agent, Alexi said that the opposing figure should immediately shed light on Alexei Navalny’s “assassination attempt”.
Macron told Putin in telephone talks that it was “imperative that this effort shed all light on the circumstances of the killing, without delay, and who is responsible,” the French president said in a statement.
He also told Putin that France’s own analysis confirmed Germany’s conclusion that Navalny had been poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent “in violation of international norms on using chemical weapons.”
The German government has previously stated that laboratories in France and Sweden have confirmed their own findings that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent.
Macron has adopted a policy of coordination with Russia over the past year, specifically seeking progress on ending the conflict in Ukraine, a strategy that has raised eyebrows among some of France’s European Union allies.
But analysts say the toxicity of Navalny – who is still undergoing treatment in Germany after falling ill last month in a flight in Siberia – has dealt a major blow to the Moscow-Paris relationship.
France has backed the hard language of its ally Germany since the start of the crisis, which warned that if Russia’s state of Moscow suspected of poisoning would fall into what happened.
According to सीlysée, Macron on Monday “showed his complete solidarity with Germany and explained the steps to be taken and the consequences to be drawn from the situation.”
“Clarification is needed as part of a credible and transparent investigation from Russia,” he said.
Macron and Putin also discussed the status of Russia’s small neighbor over their disputed electoral victory last month after protests began on Monday with Russian President Alexander Lukashenko in Russia.
Macron told Putin, who met Lukashenko at the southern Russian resort of Sochi, that foreign medals were not welcome in the crisis.
“He (Macron) confirmed the need to support a political solution that honors the deepest aspirations of the Belarusian people, without external intervention.”