Macron urges Putin to clarify the circumstances of the “attempt to kill” Navalny after confirmation of nerve gas tests

French President Emmanuel Macron urged his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Monday to clarify the circumstances of the “attempt to kill” prominent opposition Alexei Navalny, after French and Swedish tests confirmed that Novichok nerve gas was used against him, according to what the Elysee announced.

Macron said in a phone call to Putin that “clarifying all the circumstances of the attempt to kill him and the parties responsible for it is imperative,” according to a statement issued by the French presidency.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the accusations directed against Russia on the poisoning of the Russian opposition Alexei Navalny, saying that it was “baseless”, in his response to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who demanded a “credible investigation”.

In a phone call with Macron after French and Swedish laboratories confirmed the use of a neurotoxic substance that Berlin spoke about against Navalny, Putin considered that “baseless accusations based on nothing and targeting the Russian side are not welcome”. 

Putin called on Berlin again to provide “biological samples” that allowed German experts to detect the presence of a Novichok material in Navalny’s body.