Canada condemns poisoning of Putin critic in Russia, Champagne says


Canada's minister of foreign affairs says he is deeply troubled by reports from German experts who have concluded that a Russian political opposition figure was poisoned with the same type of nerve agent used on a former spy in 2018.
Francois-Philippe Champagne says in a statement Wednesday that the Canadian government strongly condemns the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, who remains in a German hospital in serious condition.
Champagne's statement says Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent of the Novichok group like the one used in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the United Kingdom two years ago.
The Berlin hospital treating Navalny says his condition is improving, but expects a long recovery and can't rule out long-term consequences from the poisoning.
The German government says that testing by a special military laboratory at the hospital's request showed ``proof without doubt of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group.''
Champagne says Canada and the international community will continue to stand with Navalny and his family in their search for answers and justice.