Merkel calls poisoning of Russia's Navalny attempted murder

AP , Wednesday 2 Sep 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to media during a statement about latest developments in the case of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Photo: AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was the victim of an ``attempted murder by poisoning'' and the aim was to silence him.

Testing by a German military lab determined that Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.

After that finding was announced Wednesday, Merkel said there are ``very serious questions that only the Russian government can answer and must answer.''

Navalny is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics.

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