France shares conclusions of its European partners on Navalny poisoning

Russia – Conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 14 September 2020

The French President spoke to the Russian President this morning.

The French President signalled his deep concern about the criminal act perpetrated against Mr Alexei Navalny and the requirement for full light to be shed, without delay, on the circumstances of this attempted murder and those responsible for it.

He emphasized that France shared, on the basis of its own analyses, the conclusions of several of its European partners about evidence of poisoning with a Novichok nerve agent, in breach of international norms on the use of chemical weapons. He signalled his wholehearted solidarity with Germany on the steps to be taken and the consequences to be drawn from the situation. Clarification is necessary from Russia in the framework of a credible and transparent investigation.

On Belarus, the President again stressed the need to support a peaceful solution that respects the Belarusian people’s profound aspirations, with no external interference.

On Ukraine, the President emphasized that the parties’ commitment to the ceasefire on 27 July constituted significant progress which must now be capitalized on in order to implement the measures endorsed at the Paris summit of December 2019.

On Libya, the President stressed the need to ensure everyone complies with the arms embargo, encourage the political process and involve Libya’s neighbours in order to implement the conclusions of the Berlin conference./.

Published on 15/09/2020

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