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Germany to Discuss EU Response to Navalny Poisoning After OPCW Report

Germany to Discuss EU Response to Navalny Poisoning After OPCW Report

Wednesday, 30 September, 2020 - 08:15
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny goes downstairs at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, in this undated image obtained from social media September 19, 2020. Courtesy of Instagram @NAVALNY/Social Media via REUTERS

Germany will discuss with it European partners a response to Russia over the poisoning with a banned nerve agent of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny once the global chemical agency has reported on the case, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

“We are now waiting for the results of the OPCW...and then we will discuss necessary reactions with European partners,” Merkel said in parliament, referring to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Merkel paid a personal visit to Navalny while he was undergoing treatment in a Berlin hospital for poisoning.

“It was a personal visit to Navalny in hospital,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference, declining to disclose details of what was said or how long the meeting lasted.

Navalny wrote on Twitter that it was “a private meeting and conversation with the family”. He added: “I am very grateful to Chancellor Merkel for visiting me in hospital.”

Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin last month after falling ill on a domestic flight. He received treatment in the Charite hospital for 32 days before being discharged last week.

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