Sep 15, 2020
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NATO requires Russia to disclose to the OPCW its production program for Novichok

NATO demanded that Russia disclose to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) the Novichok production program, as well as allow an investigation of the incident with opposition leader Alexei Navalny with the participation of international experts.

NATO requires Russia to disclose to the OPCW its production program for Novichok

This was stated on Friday by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a press conference following an unscheduled meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of ambassadors, dedicated to the situation around Navalny.

"The Russian government must fully cooperate with the OPCW and with an independent international investigation. Those responsible for this attack must be held accountable. We also call on Russia to fully disclose the OPCW Newcomer program," Stoltenberg said.

He noted that NATO countries are discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions due to the incident with the oppositionist, but details were not disclosed.

"The allies will consult in response to the poisoning of Navalny. It is too early to say what the international reaction may be," the alliance secretary general said.

At the same time, NATO views the incident with Navalny as an encroachment on the fundamental rights and principles on which the alliance is based.

Formerly press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov reportedthat the materials of the Belarusian intelligence, which prove the falsification of data on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, were transferred to the FSB.

Recall that Alexei Navalny became ill on August 20 during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow, the plane urgently landed in Omsk. The first two days he was helped by Russian doctors, then the oppositionist was transported to a clinic in Berlin.

Later, the German authorities, citing military toxicologists, said that Navalny had been poisoned with a chemical warfare agent from the Novichok group. However, the creator of the drug, biochemist Leonid Rink, said that Navalny could not have been poisoned by Novichok, since, most likely, he would have died.

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