Polish PM says Navalny's poisoning attempted by "hostile regime"

Mateusz Morawiecki/Twitter

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in a Thursday tweet on the poisoning of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, wrote that "we are dealing with a hostile regime."

"Georgia 2008. Crimea & Donbas since 2014. MH17. Salisbury 2018. Berlin 2019. Navalny 2020. How many wake-up calls do we need to finally realize that we are dealing with a hostile regime? Dialogue, partnership, compromise - these are alien words to them. Time to draw conclusions," Morawiecki tweeted.

On August 20, Navalny was hospitalised in a serious condition after a suspected Novichok poisoning while flying from Tomsk to Moscow in what was possibly a politically motivated attack. On August 22, he was moved from Russia to the Charite clinic in Berlin on a special flight. As of August 24 he remains in an induced coma, his life is not in serious danger.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Navalny was the victim of attempted murder. The Bundeswehr laboratory examining the samples taken from the Russian oppositionist revealed that he had been poisoned by a nerve agent from the Novichok group.

Novichok is the same substance as the one used in 2018 in Salisbury in the south of England in the attempted murder of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Britain later identified two Russian military intelligence agents as the main suspects in the case, leading to the largest wave of expulsions of Russian diplomats and spies by Western countries since the Cold War. Russia has denied repeatedly that it had anything to do with the attempted murder of Skripal.