Germany is ready to impose diplomatic sanctions against Russia if investigations show opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been suspected of having been poisoned.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also threatened sanctions on Friday if Russia does not cooperate sufficiently with an investigation into the alleged poisoning of Navalny.
Maas referred to the murder of a Georgian political refugee in Berlin’s Tiergarten park last year. Germany expelled Russian embassy personnel because Moscow allegedly did not cooperate sufficiently in the investigation into that murder, whereby Russian involvement is suspected.
“As for Russia’s willingness to clear up Navalny’s case, we will act the same way we did in the Tiergarten case,” Maas said.
Kremlin critic Aleksej Navalny was hospitalized in a critical condition in Omsk, Russia last week. He had suddenly become very ill on board a flight from Tomsk to Moscow.
People from Navalny’s area claim that the opposition leader had drunk tea that was allegedly poisoned before the flight. At the urging of his family, friends and Western leaders, Navalny was taken to Germany for treatment by ambulance flight.