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Germany's Scholz calls Navalny poisoning 'brutal, murderous attack'

FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz speaks during a news conference amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok was a murderous attack and that Europe would have to show a united response.

“It was a brutal, murderous attack. From our point of view, there can be no doubt about that,” Scholz told members of the VAP foreign press association in a video conference on Monday.

“Several international organizations have reached the same conclusion as our research, and that is why we call on Russia to cooperate in the investigation. And of course, Europe will have to decide together on an appropriate response,” Scholz added.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Paul Carrel

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