The use of the Novice is a serious violation of international law, the secretary-general of the Alliance noted.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny by Novichok requires a powerful international response. This was announced on Monday, September 21, by the Voice of America.
The head of the Alliance also called on the Russian Federation to conduct a full and transparent investigation of the incident, calling it an attack on democratic rights.
“We strongly condemned Novichok’s attack against Alexey Navalny. I call on Russia to conduct a full and transparent investigation of this terrible attack. This is not just an attack on one person, it is an attack on fundamental democratic rights,” the politician stressed.
In addition, the use of chemical weapons is a serious violation of international law, in particular, the Arms Control Agreement — the Chemical Weapons Convention, Stoltenberg recalled.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington will respond to the incident with Navalny as soon as his poisoning is confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.