When last we checked in on Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, his doctors in Berlin’s Charite hospital had announced that they found traces of some toxic cholinesterase inhibitors in his system, adding fuel to suspicions that he had indeed been poisoned during his recent trip to Siberia. He’s not out of the woods yet, medically speaking, but he’s at least stable. We already heard that Germany’s Angela Merkel has called for a full investigation into the alleged attack, but now she has some high-powered company from the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has joined in to call for an investigation of the matter. But thus far, Moscow seems curiously uninterested. (Free Beacon)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that Washington condemns the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and would back an EU investigation, according to a press release.
“The United States is deeply concerned by reported preliminary conclusions from German medical experts that Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny was poisoned,” the statement reads. “If the reports prove accurate, the United States supports the EU’s call for a comprehensive investigation and stands ready to assist in that effort.”
“Mr. Navalny’s family and the Russian people deserve to see a full and transparent investigation carried out, and for those involved to be held accountable,” Pompeo added. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Navalny’s family and we hope for his full recovery.”
A rather important distinction to note here is that Pompeo isn’t calling for a United States investigation of the crime. (Not that we’d really have the jurisdiction to dig into it too deeply anyway.) He’s simply offering America’s sympathetic support for an EU investigation. But even that much of a gesture will likely wind up ruffling Putin’s feathers anyway.