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Germany, France to propose sanctions against individuals in Navalny poisoning - statement

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Germany and France will propose sanctions targeting specific individuals they deem responsible for the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after Russia failed to provide a convincing explanation, their Foreign Ministers said.

“No credible explanation has been provided by Russia so far,” they said of the use of the military nerve agent Novichok on Navalny, who was subsequently evacuated to the German capital for treatment. They added that they would shortly share proposals for sanctions targets with their European partners.

“Proposals will target individuals deemed responsible for this crime and breach of international norms, based on their official function, as well as an entity involved in the Novichok programme,” they said.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke in Berlin and John Irish in Paris, writing by Thomas Escritt, Editing by Madeline Chambers