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Alexei Navalny novichok finding prompts calls for answers from Moscow

Angela Merkel says poisoning was attempted murder and White House calls it ‘reprehensible’

  • Analysis: use of novichok is a Russian message

World leaders are demanding answers from the Kremlin after toxicological examinations indicated that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent from the novichok family.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, revealed that tests carried out at a military laboratory had “identified unequivocally” the Soviet era nerve agent. She referred to the case as an “attempted murder” and said the findings raised “very difficult questions that only the Russian government can answer, and has to answer.”

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