As Alexei Navalny lies in a medically induced coma in a Berlin hospital, battling for his life, the United States, Germany, and its other allies are debating how to respond to Russia’s latest outrage – an attack on the country’s leading dissident with a banned nerve agent.
This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that tests at a military laboratory had “identified unequivocally” that the 44-year-old Navalny had been poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent Novichok and demanded that Russia account for what she called his “attempted murder.”
But on Friday, President Donald Trump refused to blame Russia or its leader Vladimir Putin for the attack. Though he called the poisoning "tragic," "terrible," and said "it shouldn't have happened but I will take a look," he said he had seen no evidence that Moscow was responsible.
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