Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there is a “substantial chance” that top Russian officials are behind the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny after toxicology results showed the presence of the nerve agent Novichok in his system.
Navalny became ill while flying back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20 and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Siberia.
He was later transferred to a German hospital and is now recovering after being in an induced coma.
Novichok was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s, and is said to be up to eight times more powerful than VX nerve gas.
“There is a substantial chance that this actually came from senior Russian officials, I think this is not good for the Russian people,” Pompeo said to radio host Ben Shapiro.
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