RecoveryRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has called on President Trump to join other leaders in condemning the banned chemical weapons that Russian leader Vladimir Putin has attacked. Navalny spoke with Leslie Stahl in his first television interview in the United States since he was poisoned eight weeks ago with nerve agent Novichok in the next issue of 60 Minutes, Sunday, Oct. 1
Stahl spoke with Navalny and his wife, Julia, this week in Berlin, where he was recovering from the deadly substance, which German military and independent laboratories in Sweden and France have confirmed as the powerful nerve agent Novichok. It is believed to be 10 times more powerful than sarin. Asked if he thought Putin had led the attack, Navalny said: “I don’t think so. I’m sure he’s responsible.”
Novichok’s presence in Navalny’s blood led to a call for European Union sanctions against individual Russians held responsible and condemned by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Trump administration has not yet repeated their statements. “I noticed [Trump] no, “he tells Stall.” I think it’s extremely important – everyone … maybe … in the first place, the President of the United States, to be very much again[st] using chemical weapons in the 21st century, “Navalny said.
He believes that the attack on him by Novichok was not only intended to kill him, but also to terrify others. “It’s a banned substance. I think Putin … he’s using this chemical weapon … [to]they both kill me and, you know, terrify the others. That’s a really scary thing, “he tells Stall. When people just fall dead … no gun … no shots … you’ll be dead with no marks on your body. This is a terrible thing. And Putin enjoys it, “Navalny said.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the accusation was “completely unfounded and unacceptable.”
Navalny says, “They deny everything. Because it means they still have this Rookie. They’re not just breaking [the chemical weapons ban] with its preservation. They … keep improving it. ”
Navalny was taken to a Berlin hospital by air ambulance after a Russian hospital, which said he had not been poisoned, released him two days later. “They thought that in 48 hours this poison would not be traceable,” Navalny said.
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