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Putin and Merkel discussed Navalny’s poisoning today, but the Kremlin didn’t mention it

Source: TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked about the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny during a phone call on Monday, December 7, a spokesperson for the German Cabinet of Ministers told the Russian state news agency TASS. 

According to the German government spokesperson, the two leaders discussed Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine and the Normandy format negotiations, in addition to Navalny’s poisoning.

The Kremlin’s website, on the other hand, states that Putin and Merkel discussed the situation surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh in detail, as well as the conflict in Ukraine and contacts between their respective health ministries on countering the spread of COVID-19. The Kremlin’s press release contains no mention of a discussion about Navalny’s poisoning — it only says that the heads of state “also touched upon” “certain urgent bilateral issues.”

At the request of Germany and France, the European Union imposed sanctions upon several high-level Russian officials in response to Alexey Navalny’s poisoning. 

Tests conducted in Germany revealed that Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve agent; this was later confirmed by experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Berlin has demanded that Russia conduct a transparent investigation into the incident, but Moscow maintains that there is no grounds for a criminal case because tests conducted in Russia didn’t reveal any traces of poisonous substances in Navalny’s system. 

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