Russia - Q&A from the press briefing (25 September 2020)


Q: The President has once again asked, before the UN, for prompt clarification from Russia concerning the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, adding that France would enforce its red lines. Is this rhetoric or are you considering a concrete response, given that Russia is sticking to its positions?

A: As the President said in his speech before the UN General Assembly, we expect Russia to fully investigate the assassination attempt that took place on its territory against a member of the Russian political opposition by means of a neurotoxin from the Novichok family, developed by Russia. Those responsible for this criminal act must be identified and prosecuted. France is in close touch with its partners, and especially Germany, to coordinate our response to this serious attack on international norms within the appropriate fora.