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G7 condemn 'confirmed poisoning' of Navalny

The Group of Seven (G7) – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the invitee European Union – issued a joint statement on Tuesday condemning what they referred to as the "confirmed poisoning" of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

"This attack against opposition leader Navalny is another grave blow against democracy and political plurality in Russia. It constitutes a serious threat to those men and women engaged in defending the political and civil freedoms that Russia herself has committed to guarantee. We call on Russia to fulfill its commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to guarantee these rights, including the right to freedom of expression, to its citizens," the statement read.

Earlier this month, the Charite University Hospital in Berlin, where Navalny is currently being treated, announced it had found traces of the nerve agent Novichok in the Russia for the Future leader's system, indicating he was poisoned. The doctor at the Omsk Hospital, where Navalny was initially admitted, responded the politician was not given an anti-Novichok therapy as "there was no need for it."

Breaking the News / JR