Peepels, we gotta talk.
But first we gotta read a little article:
Impeached and manifestly unfit President Donald Trump said the United States must look “very seriously” into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but that the White House has not yet seen “any proof.” Also, don’t focus on Russia, maybe China did it.
“It’s tragic. It’s terrible, it shouldn’t happen. We haven’t had any proof yet, but I will take a look,” Trump said at a news conference, before telling journalists they should be focusing on China, not Russia.
Trump did not take as strong a stand as the State Department, which earlier on Friday expressed grave concern about the finding that Navalny was poisoned.
In a meeting in Washington earlier on Friday, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun told Russian Ambassador Anatoliy Antonov that Moscow’s use of this chemical weapon would be a clear violation of its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
“The Deputy Secretary urged Russia to cooperate fully with the international community’s investigation into this attack,” department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
Germany, where Navalny is in a hospital, has said the Russian opposition figure was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent and wants the perpetrators held to account. Russia has until now not opened a criminal investigation and said there is no evidence yet of a crime.
Navalny is the most popular and prominent opponent of President Vladimir Putin, and the German announcement this week that he was poisoned by a nerve agent has raised the possibility of further Western sanctions against Moscow.
Reporting by Jeff Mason and Humeyra Pamuk; writing by Patricia Zengerle and Humeyra Pamuk, Editing by Franklin Paul and Tom Brown
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
“Navalny is the most popular and prominent opponent of President Vladimir Putin, and the German announcement this week that he was poisoned by a nerve agent has raised the possibility of further Western sanctions against Moscow.”
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Guys, that one text block alone is such badly misguiding journalism, hard to believe it’s from a big name press agency. It reads more like anti-Trump election campaign going completely off the rails. And please, don’t believe for a second your Orca might be pro-Trump or something, I just wanna clear up some misunderstandings in this whole affair. Ready?
- Navalny is not Putin’s most popular and prominent opponent. Far from! Maybe we assume so here in the west since we can work with a figure like Navalny.
- Navalny, afaik, is not in any party and only once candidated, and received ~3% of the votes. In Russia he’s virtually unknown and nobody cares about a fringe guy like him.
- If Navalny was poisoned it was maybe by some oligarch because of his fruitless anti-corruption activities.
- If the west or anybody thinks the case Navalny is worth of an investigation they should focus their research on the Russian mob and oligarchs and real enemies of Putin.
- Putin faces real opposition. Navalny is not even on the list of opponents.
- Putin is the best friend the west ever had in Russia!
- Putin’s most strong opposition are the communists, who receive ~10% of the votes. But they are not agreeable enough to be lifted to western hero status … for some or the other odd reason. 😉
- The Kreml was absolutely forthcoming and helpful in the Navalny investigation.
- Putin has absolutely no reason to assassinate Navalny. He would only enrage the Americans and they would forbid Germany to go on with Nordstream2. Bad for everyone’s business and for the planet. Putin is not stupid.
- Putin is no saint. You don’t become president of the largest country on the planet by staying clean all the time. But believe me, if Navalny was worthy of being assassinated he’d be dead and buried by now and nobody would talk about him or miss him anymore. There would be no body left to investigate, ok? FSB are no beginners in these matters, you know?