In a radio interview with conservative podcaster Ben Shapiro, US Secretary of State Mark Pompeo implied that there is “substantial chance” that senior Russian officials were responsible for the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Pompeo emphasized that the United States and its European allies wanted Russia to hold those responsible for this incident accountable.
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The Guardian: US secretary of state strikes more strident tone after Donald Trump said at the weekend he had not seen any proof of poisoning
The Guardian reports that US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has implied there was a “substantial chance” the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was ordered by senior Russian officials.
In a radio interview with conservative host Ben Shapiro, Pompeo said “I think people all around the world see this kind of activity for what it is. And when they see the effort to poison a dissident, and they recognize that there is a substantial chance that this actually came from senior Russian officials, I think this is not good for the Russian people.”
Pompeo’s remarks come despite President Donald Trump’s comment last week that he had seen no proof that the Russian opposition leader was poisoned.