Russia has said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that a senior Russian government official was involved in poisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny is unacceptable.
Earlier, Pompeo said it was possible a senior Russian government official had ordered Navalny to be poisoned by Novichok, adding that the whole world knew what had happened.
Russian presidential spokesman Vladimir Putin has said his country is interested in finding out the details of Navalny’s arrival, and called on Germany to co-operate by giving Russia the results of Navalny’s tests.
Earlier today, Italian Prime Minister Giussepe Conte was quoted as saying that he had been told by President Putin that an investigation would be carried out to establish the truth about Alexei Navalny’s plight, but that Russia later denied the allegations, saying Conte may have misunderstood.
Navalny suddenly fell ill while campaigning for local government elections on Friday and Sunday in Russia.