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Following on from a number of Western leaders, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called for 'complete discosure' regarding the alleged use of the novichok nerve agent to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

  • During a press conference Stoltenberg stated that the use of novichok is a violation of international laws and norms, and says that the Russian gov't has 'questions to answer' over the case.
  • Calls on the Kremlin to cooperate with an 'impartial international investigation' of the case.
  • Stoltenberg: "Time and again we have seen opposition leaders and critics of the Russian regime attacked and their lives threatened. Some have even been killed. So this is not just an attack on an individual, but on fundamental democratic rights."
  • It should be noted, though, that despite the rhetoric there does not appear to be a concerted movement among national or institutional leaders towards the implementation of further sanctions on the Russian state or individuals within the Russian gov't at present.
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