“I think people around the world see this kind of activity for that,” Pompio said in a radio interview with conservative host Ben Shapiro. “And when they see an attempt to poison a dissident, and they believe that there is sufficient probability that it actually came from senior Russian officials, I think it is not good for the Russian people. ”
Pompeo reiterated that the United States and its European ally Russia want to make everyone “responsible for this accountable” and said that Washington will also try to identify the perpetrators.
“This is something we will take a look at, we will evaluate, and we will make sure that we do our part to reduce whatever we can, so that things like this can happen again. ”
Pompeo’s remarks come last week despite President Donald Trump’s remarks that he had seen no evidence that the Russian opposition leader had been poisoned.
Moscow on Thursday raised diplomatic objections to the case, retaliating to the G7’s statement, condemning Navalny’s “confirmation of poison” and talk of sanctions. Russia’s foreign ministry summoned Germany’s ambassador and condemned “an ongoing large-scale disinfection campaign” aimed at “mobilizing sanctions”.
“Undue attacks on Russia continue,” the ministry said.
Navalny, who was undergoing treatment at a Berlin hospital, was taken to Germany after falling ill in a Russian domestic flight last month.
German doctors who had been treating him since August 22 found that he had been poisoned by a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said tests in a military lab had identified the toxicity “disproportionately” and called the case an “assassination attempt”.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied responsibility, with a spokesman attempting to link the “absurd” statement to Putin’s toxicity on Monday.
Navalny was ejected from an induced coma this week and was responding to a speech, but according to Berlin’s Charité Hospital, it is too early to assess any long-term effects.
“I think the world has matured and understood that this is not how normal countries work, and it would prove costly to the Russians,” Pompio said.
With Reuters and Agence-France Press