NATO meets over Alexei Navalny poisoning

NATO is to convene today for a special meeting to discuss the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, news wires reported. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is scheduled to speak at a press conference after the meeting. "We'll consult with Germany and all NATO Allies on the implications," Stoltenberg said.

EU officials and German political leaders have proposed taking disciplinary action against Russia, including using sanctions. "The use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable under any circumstances, constitutes a serious breach of international law and international human rights standards," said EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell. "The European Union calls for a joint international response and reserves the right to take appropriate actions, including through restrictive measures."

Earlier this week, the German government announced that Navalny had been poisoned with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok, the same chemical weapon British authorities say was used against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018. However, observers argue that the EU has little room to maneuver since the perpetrator remains unknown.

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