Trump says 'no proof yet' Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok by Russia but he 'won't be happy' if they did it

DONALD Trump has said there is "no proof yet" that Russia poisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny with the nerve agent Novichok.

On Friday, the president said he would "look into" claims Navalny was left incapacitated by the chemical weapon – and said he won't be happy if they're true.

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"It's tragic. It's terrible, it shouldn't happen," Trump told reporters. "We haven't had any proof yet, but I will take a look."

Trump added that his administration will "have to look at it very seriously" before he shifted the focus of the press briefing to China.

The president said that he would be very unhappy if Russia did poison Navalny, 44, a prominent Vladimir Putin critic.

In the lead up to his poisoning, Navalny had called Putin's United Russia group "a party of crooks and thieves."

On an flight to Moscow on August 20, Navalny suddenly became violently sick.

His supporters claim he was poisoned at an airport in Siberia before the flight.

Navalny was taking the S7 airlines flight from Tomsk Bogashevo airport after he was seen drinking tea in the airport cafe. 


German officials said toxicology tests of blood samples from Navalny conducted at a military lab produced "unequivocal evidence" he was poisoned with Novichok.

Translated as "newcomer" in Russian, Novichok refers to the advanced nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union in the seventies and eighties.

The nerve agent was also used to poison MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 3, 2018, as well as hero cop Sgt Nick Bailey.

Navalny has been in an induced coma for over a week after he was airlifted from Russia to Germany, where he is being treated in Berlin.

Russian doctors had initially blocked the 44-year-old's exit, claiming their decision was made on health grounds before his wife made an emotional appeal to Putin.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the alleged actions of Putin's government.

The US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun told Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov the Kremlin had violated the Chemical Weapons Convention by using Novichok during a tense Washington DC meeting, reports said.

Russia denied it was involved but has yet to open a criminal investigation.

Despite reports that Navalny had his tea spiked, Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev, who claims he invented the radioactive material, said the assassins likely smeared it on his underwear or socks.


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