BERLIN—Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a chemical nerve agent, the German government explained Wednesday, presenting the strongest evidence still that the attack could have been carried out by Russian condition organizations.
Chancellor Angela Merkel termed on Moscow to demonstrate the revelation, which she explained as an tried murder and a transfer to silence the major critic of President Vladimir Putin.
Ms. Merkel explained Germany’s North Atlantic Treaty Group allies and the European Union had been informed of the conclusions to coordinate their reaction, suggesting that the West could respond with some sort of sanctions. The U.S. explained it was consulting with allies over a attainable reaction.
“This is shocking information about an tried murder by poisoning a person of the major opposition figures in Russia,” Ms. Merkel advised reporters in Berlin.
The revelation—and any sanctions the West could impose—could herald a new minimal in relations amongst Russia and the West, which have deteriorated continuously because Moscow’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its subsequent annexation of Crimea.