Berlin, Germany – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas raised the issue of imposing sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Russian dissident Aleksey Navalny.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, speaking in the Bundestag, said that the poisoning of Russian dissident Aleksey Navalny with a chemical substance amounted to a violation of international law, adding: “it cannot remain like this without consequences. Therefore, if Russia does not clarify and provide information about what happened in the Navalny case, proportional sanctions against those responsible on the Russian side will be inevitable. I don’t think Russia will bring the situation to this.” said.

Maas also addressed the conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, saying that since Germany is in a mediator position, it has to act impartially on this issue.

Navalny’s poisoning
On 20 August, Navalny, who was on a flight from Tomsk, Russia, to Moscow, had landed in the city of Omsk when he became ill during the flight.

Navalny, who was taken to hospital in Omsk, was allegedly poisoned with a substance mixed with his tea.

Navalny, 44, was transferred to the Charite Hospital in Berlin on 22 August on a private plane from Omsk.

On 2 September, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced that Navalny had been definitively poisoned with a chemical belonging to the Novichok group, which is used to fight nerve diseases.

Seibert noted that on September 14, Navalny’s poisoning was confirmed by 2 separate independent laboratories in Sweden and France.

On 7 September, The Charite hospital reported that Navalny’s health was improving and that he had come out of a coma.

Navalny’s team also claimed that the chemical belonging to the Novichok group was previously found in a water bottle in Navalny’s hotel room in Tomsk.

Aleksey Navalny was discharged from the Charite Hospital where he was being treated in Berlin on 23 September.