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Foreign Minister Eriksen Søreide on the nerve agent attack in Russia

‘The news that the prominent Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent is deeply disturbing. Norway strongly condemns this attack,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

The German authorities reported today that laboratory analysis had produced evidence that Mr Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent in the Novichok group of chemical weapons. Norway has full confidence in the German government’s investigation and determinations in this case, Ms Eriksen Søreide said.

‘The Russian authorities now have a grave duty to conduct a credible and thorough investigation of the neurotoxin attack,’ the Foreign Minister added.

Norway will continue to maintain close contact with the German authorities as well as its other allies and European partners.