Also, the European Council called the poisoning of the politician an attempt and called for a joint international reaction. The Russian government must do everything for a transparent investigation and punish those responsible, the statement says.
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The European Union called the poisoning of politician Alexei Navalny an attempt on his life and said it reserves the right to impose sanctions. This is stated in the statement of the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell, published on the website of the Council of Europe.
“The European Union calls for a joint international response and reserves the right to take appropriate measures, including through restrictive measures,” the statement said.
The report notes that the use of chemical weapons is “completely unacceptable under any circumstances” and is a gross violation of international law and human rights standards.
The Russian government must do everything it can to make the investigation fully transparent and bring those responsible to justice, the statement said. For an impartial international investigation, Russia should cooperate with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the EU said.
“Impunity should not and will not be tolerated,” the statement said.