The Prime Minister has confirmed the UK backs a “transparent investigation” into the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Mr Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who is one of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on Thursday August 20, and was taken to a hospital in the city of Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing.
Mr Navalny, who is in a coma, has since been transferred to a German hospital where doctors said tests indicated that he was poisoned.
The perpetrators must be held accountable and the UK will join international efforts to ensure justice is done
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
The Kremlin has rejected accusations of involvement in an alleged attack against the prominent figure.
Boris Johnson tweeted: “The poisoning of Alexey Navalny shocked the world. The UK stands in solidarity with him and his family.
“We need a full, transparent investigation into what happened.
“The perpetrators must be held accountable and the UK will join international efforts to ensure justice is done.”
The Conservative Party leader’s statement follows calls from a host of senior MPs demanding an international investigation.