German Minister of State slams Russia on Navalny poisoning
September 16, 2020
Talking to DW's Conflict Zone, Niels Annen said he is "very, very disappointed" about Russia's reaction and stressed sanctions are on the table.
Niels Annen on Conflict Zone
German Minister of State Niels Annen strongly criticized the Russian government for its reaction following the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is currently hospitalized in Berlin.
Talking to DW's Conflict Zone at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Annen told host Sarah Kelly that he's "very, very disappointed" about Russia's reaction.
"Instead of making clear what happened and to cooperate in an investigation, we are seeing the old scheme of misleading information, of counter accusations," he said.
Annen, who is also a member of Parliament for the Social Democrats, stressed it was "quite obvious" that the poisoning was a "breach of international law," adding that the case has an "international dimension."
The German government has indicated it has "unequivocal proof" that Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group.
It has also stressed specialist laboratories in Sweden and France have corroborated these findings.
Berlin has demanded answers from the Russian government, which denies any wrongdoing.