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Wires reporting that the Kremlin have stated that they want a dialogue with Germany regarding the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, while also saying that the Russian specialists who initially treated Navalny are more 'transparent' than the German clinicians currently treating him.

  • Kremlin states that Russian specialists are looking into the case. Say that they want to find out what caused Navalny's illness through dialogue with Germany (N.b. German clinicians say Navalny was poisoned with the novichock nerve agent, also used in the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England in 2018).
  • This follows calls from a group of members of the European Parliament demanding "an international investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny", stating that a Russian investigation cannot be trusted.
  • Navalny's poisoning could prove another wedge issue within the EU, both between its institutions and member states. Some in the EP and those member states strongly opposed to the Russian gov't are calling for tough sanctions and an international investigation, while the European Commission and Council have issued statements with much less aggressive rhetoric towards Moscow.
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