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PACE co-rapporteurs urge the Russian authorities for immediate explanation on Alexey Navalny poisoning

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of the Russian Federation, Ria Oomen-Ruijten (Netherlands, EPP/CD) and Axel Schäfer (Germany, SOC), have expressed their utmost concern following the German Government's announcement that Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok family.

“It is a very alarming development which needs an immediate explanation from the Russian authorities. We condemn this attack in the strongest terms and wish Mr Navalny a full recovery,” they said.

The co-rapporteurs have urged the Russian authorities to fully shed light on Mr Navalny's poisoning and accept international investigators if such a proposal comes from the international community.