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Merkel warns Russia over Navalny Novichok poisoning

Berlin / German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Moscow on Wednesday that there will be an “appropriate common reaction” to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with Novichok.

The 44-year-old is in a coma in a German hospital where he was airlifted after falling ill in Siberia last month.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said toxicological tests at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin revealed he had been exposed to a deadly nerve agent.

“It is a dismaying event that Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia,” he said in a statement.

“The German government condemns this attack in the strongest terms.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there will be an adequate common response from the international community as it goes against fundamental rights and values.

“We hope that the Russian government will clarify these facts,” she added.

“Very serious questions are now being asked that only the Russian government can and must answer.

“The situation of Alexei Navalni has aroused worldwide interest. The world is waiting for an answer.”

She made the statement after visiting the hospital where Navalny is being treated.

Merkel met earlier with key members of her cabinet to discuss the Navalny case and coordinate what steps will be taken.

Initial examinations had found symptoms that Navalny had been poisoned but it had not been possible to specify the substance that had been used.

The Charité hospital sought collaboration from a German army laboratory to carry out further analyses.

Seibert said the results of these tests leave “no doubt” that the substance was a nerve agent from the Novichok group, which affects the nervous system.

It is the same poison, developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, which was used to poison former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in 2018 in the United Kingdom.

The doctors treating Navalny and his family have been informed about the results.

German authorities have said they will discuss the findings with partners in the European Union and NATO and have made contact with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Merkel “deeply” condemned the attack, expressed her solidarity with his family and friends and said she hoped he can recover.

The latest medical report on his condition said he is in intensive care with breathing assistance, that his recovery will be prolonged and that lasting consequences cannot yet be ruled out.

Russia has demanded the German government provides concrete evidence on its claims.

Leonid Slutsky, head of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said: “Russia is interested more than anyone else in determining the true causes of this incident and has repeatedly displayed willingness to cooperate.”

Doctors who treated Navalny in Siberia said they found no traces of poisoning.

Other politicians have suggested Berlin’s allegations could be a Western provocation aimed at denigrating the Kremlin.

Navalny was airlifted in a coma to Berlin from a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk after he collapsed on 20 August while traveling by plane. (September 2, 2020, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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Question 1
Principalmente el texto habla de...
A
qué es lo que le ocurrió al opositor ruso Alexei Navalni en el mes de agosto.
B
lo que dijo Merkel en relación con el envenenamiento del opositor ruso Alexei Navalni.
C
un antiguo doble agente ruso que fue envenenado hace un par de años.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que...
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no solo a Navalni sino también a un ex agente doble le fue suministrado el veneno Novichok.
B
Merkel desmiente que a Navalni también se le había administrado el veneno Novichok.
C
aún se desconoce qué tipo de veneno le fue suministrado a Alexei Navalni.
Question 3
Tras leer el texto entendemos que...
A
el Gobierno ruso ya había informado a Merkel de que había presencia de Novichok en el cuerpo de Navalni.
B
Merkel espera que Rusia dé una explicación.
C
a Merkel no le parece muy grave lo que ha ocurrido.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
A
tanto la UE como la OTAN estudiarán qué respuesta darán a lo que ha ocurrido.
B
Navalni no había sido envenenado con un agente nervioso que fue desarrollado por la Unión Soviética hace décadas.
C
se desmiente que haya un estrecho vínculo económico entre Alemania y Rusia.
Question 5
Navalni estaba en territorio alemán cuando estaba viajando en avión.
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Así es.
B
Para nada.
C
No se sabe.
Question 6
Según el vídeo...
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Merkel espera que el opositor ruso se recupere.
B
Navalni ya no necesita respiración asistida.
C
Navalni ya no está en cuidados intensivos.
Question 7
La expresión "sin género de dudas" significa que...
A
no hay ninguna duda.
B
no está aún nada claro.
C
eso no es así.
Question 8
"Aún" es lo mismo que...
A
"todavía".
B
"incluso".
C
"en otro momento".
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