Merkel warns Russia over Navalny Novichok poisoning

(Update – adds Merkel quotes and details throughout)

Berlin, Sep 2 (EFE).- German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Moscow on Wednesday that there will be an “appropriate common reaction” to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with Novichok.

The 44-year-old is in a coma in a German hospital where he was airlifted after falling ill in Siberia last month.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said toxicological tests at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin revealed he had been exposed to a deadly nerve agent.

“It is a dismaying event that Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia,” he said in a statement.

“The German government condemns this attack in the strongest terms.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there will be an adequate common response from the international community as it goes against fundamental rights and values.

“We hope that the Russian government will clarify these facts,” she added.

“Very serious questions are now being asked that only the Russian government can and must answer.

“The situation of Alexei Navalni has aroused worldwide interest. The world is waiting for an answer.”

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