Canadian Prime Minister and French President Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed the need for an “impartial investigation” into the poisoning of Russian opponent Alexei Navalni this Thursday.
Navalni, who is in the hospital at Charité hospital in Berlin, says he can breathe without mechanical ventilation. He was evacuated from Russia, where he was in urgent need of hospitalization, after allegedly being poisoned on a flight from Siberia to Moscow.
Tests in France, Germany and Sweden have shown that he was poisoned with Novichok. European leaders have asked the Russian government for explanations that deny any connection to the attack.
The two heads of state and government discussed other issues, such as both countries’ efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, keep citizens safe and healthy, reopen the economy and ensure a safe return to class. In this context, they have expressed their commitment to international cooperation that, in addition to supporting jobs and companies, enables a sustainable and integrative economic recovery.
According to a statement released by Trudeau’s office, leaders have also looked at their relations with China and agreed on the “importance” of de-escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.