Paris demands probe into poisoning of Alexei Navalny
Situation of Mr Navalny – Press briefing by the Deputy Press Director (excerpt)
Paris, 25 August 2020
Q. – Have you received any information on the health status of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and what do you expect from Russia in this case?
THE DEPUTY PRESS DIRECTOR – We have been notified of the preliminary results published by the Charité hospital in Berlin, which point to Mr Navaly having been poisoned.
France expresses its deep concern over this criminal act against a major Russian politician. It is essential for the Russian authorities to expedite a swift, transparent investigation making it possible to establish the circumstances in which this act was committed. Those responsible for this act must be identified and brought to justice.
We wish Alexei Navalny a speedy recovery and reiterate France’s readiness, as expressed by President Macron, to provide him and his loved ones with our support in these difficult circumstances. (…)./.