American experts believe that such an operation could not have been carried out without the consent of the Kremlin, so Russia is unlikely to agree to an investigation.
Former US Ambassador to Russia, and now an expert at the Atlantic Council Alexander Vershbow (Alexander Vershbow) believes the Kremlin is behind the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. He stated this in an interview with the Russian Service «Voices of America».
«The obviousness of the responsibility of the Russian state for what happened now, when German scientists have determined what exactly “Newbie” was used against Navalny, no doubt about it. This makes the situation much more serious than before this fact was established. Therefore, I think a strong international response definitely requires, at a minimum, that Russian security officials and the Russian political leadership be called to account. They should be subject to additional personal sanctions, such as visa bans and the freezing of foreign assets. Of course, many of these people may already be under sanctions due to the Skripal poisoning or other Russian actions in recent years. I think there may also be a need to consider additional economic sanctions. First of all with regard to «Nord Stream 2». Germany continues to argue that this is a commercial project and should not be subject to sanctions. But I think at this stage, given the egregious behavior of the Russians, Germany needs to reconsider this position.», – believes Alexander Vershbow.
Alexander Crowter (Alexander Crowther) – a professor from Florida International University also believes that behind the poisoning of Alexei Navalny «Newbie» there is the Kremlin. The expert notes: Moscow has always eliminated unnecessary people, as well as political opponents, for example, the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the poisoning of the Skripals in the UK.
«Anyone who criticizes Russia is a bad guy from the Kremlin’s point of view. Since 2000, Vladimir Pasechnik, a former Soviet microbiologist working in the UK, has been killed; former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium; Boris Nemtsov was killed in the center of Moscow. One of the Chechen oppositionists was shot dead in Germany last year. Why did Navalny’s poisoning happen right now? Navalny was a useful tool for the Russian government. Like, “hey look, we have a democracy. We have elections. Look, we even have oppositionists”. But now that Putin is unpopular at home, Navalny’s role has changed significantly. Instead of being useful, it became a headache. One thing I fear is that Russia will get away with this poisoning. Great Britain is busy with domestic affairs. The United States is busy with domestic affairs. Germany does not want to enter into such a confrontation with Russia right now».
Senior Director of the University of Pennsylvania Biden Center Michael Carpenter (Michael Carpenter) names Alexei Navalny’s poisoning «barbaric act», and notes that the class of the chemical agent of neuroparalytic action indicates that the authorities of Russia are behind this.
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«It is inconceivable for me that such an operation could be carried out without permission at the highest level in the Kremlin, including President Vladimir Putin. Using a nerve agent such as «Newbie», the Russian authorities obviously wanted to mark the handwriting. They wanted the world to realize that it was Moscow that was behind this poisoning, that it would go unpunished and that it could carry out such an operation. Why did Lukashenka say at a meeting with Mishustin that the poisoning of Navalny – fake? He tries to divert attention from the suppression of the protest movement in his own country. And therefore, any topic that distracts the world media from what is happening in Belarus and from the strengthening of the protest movement is good for him. So he came up with some crazy statement, hoping that it would get attention and that we would talk about it now with you, not that he was trying to suppress a genuine national awakening.», – believes Michael Carpenter.
Germany identifies nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Alexander Vershbow, in turn, adds that Russia is unlikely to agree to any investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.
«I don’t think Moscow will agree that Moscow will conduct a credible investigation. I think that the fact that the evidence was so clear to German scientists already clearly shows who is responsible. Russia, as one would expect, through its propaganda media, is promoting its usual narrative, denying everything. Investigation as such may not be the most important. More important is to hold the Russian state and the Russian political regime accountable for such unacceptable behavior.», – notes the former US ambassador to Russia.
According to him, the poisoning of Alexei Navalny is a test for the West in the issue of bringing those responsible to justice. He believes that there is a possibility that Western countries will come up with a single answer..
The former US ambassador to Russia, however, notes that the West’s tough response to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny could be complicated by the fact that the US and EU are also trying to convince the Kremlin not to intervene militarily in Belarus and support a political process that would lead to new elections or finding another solution acceptable to the Belarusian people.
Journalist «Voices of America». Prior to that, she worked for international non-governmental organizations in Washington DC and London, in the Russian-language version of the Estonian daily newspaper “Postimees” and as a spokesman for the Estonian Interior Ministry. Interests – international relations, politics, economics
Journalist. Graduated Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Worked on the channel «1 + 1» and «Channel 5». On «Voice of America» since 2014. Was one of two correspondents «Voices of America», covering the Russian presidential elections in 2018 from Moscow. He pays attention to the topic of US-Ukrainian and US-Russian relations. Actively covered the case of Paul Manafort and Maria Butina.
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