We do not need to explain ourselves to them and we are not going to.”. At the same time, the Putin regime has been undermined by the COVID-19 pandemic, to which the Russian oligarchy, like the ruling class around the world, responded with a de facto policy of “herd immunity.” While Russia now faces a resurgence of the pandemic, Moscow is preparing further cuts to health care and social spending and has declared that no lock-downs will be imposed to stop the spread of the virus. After three decades of US-led wars, the outbreak of a third world war, which would be fought with nuclear weapons, is an imminent and concrete danger. Russia would do well not to let this happen.”. France has repeatedly accused Turkey of breaching the arms embargo. Neither to Germany nor to other countries that categorically and groundlessly accuse Russia of poisoning Alexei Navalny. First and foremost is how Navalny survived exposure to a particularly deadly nerve agent, and why no one who came in contact with him showed even mild symptoms. Riverhounds haven't lost in 44 of their last 51 matches in USL Championship, … Navalny’s case cannot be understood outside the imperialist powers’ drive to war amid an unprecedented crisis of capitalism driven by the pandemic, mounting social inequality and bitter geostrategic tensions. Three companies from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan as well as two individuals from Libya are involved, the sources said. Johannes Stern. The EU recently established a dedicated naval mission named Operation IRINI to enforce the restrictions. In response to the OPCW report and statements from Berlin and Paris, Russian officials issued angry rebukes. “We are prepared to consider a possible use of sanctions if infringements against the land, sea and air embargo continue,” the countries’ three heads of government wrote in a joint statement, without naming a state or entity which could be the target of the measure. The European Championship draw has been made, even though not all of the teams competing have been decided. Leonid Rink, one of the developers of the Novichok agent, told the Russian press that the substances detected by the OPCW were, in fact, not toxic and ineffective as poison. Germany, France and Italy plan to push ahead with a bid to use European Union sanctions to stem the continuing supply of arms to war-torn Libya. The alleged poisoning of Navalny with Novichok raises a host of unanswered questions. It has since become a battleground for rival proxy forces. Much of the German political establishment seized upon the case to push for a more aggressive stance by Berlin and the entire EU toward Russia. Oil-wealthy Libya has been in turmoil since a 2011 revolt toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. It is against this background that the European imperialist powers seek to exploit the growing economic and political weakness of Russia’s post-Soviet capitalist oligarchy. On the afternoon of August 3, 1914, two days after declaring war on Russia, Germany declares war on France, moving ahead with a long-held strategy, conceived by ... July 30, 2020. Ahead of a scheduled EU summit on October 12, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) published a report alleging that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok-type toxin. The EU’s aggressive stance towards Russia is driven not last of all by growing class tensions inside Europe amid the escalating pandemic. International Committee of the Fourth International, Foreword to the German edition of David North’s, EU parliament calls for international investigation into alleged poisoning of Navalny, Armenian-Azerbaijan war turns Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia into a powder keg. They demand we conduct an investigation, but the very same Germany does not provide us with any facts.” Earlier this week, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marina Zakharovra said there can be “no business as usual” between Berlin, Paris and Moscow unless France and Germany change course on the Navalny case. In the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, moreover, the government of Sooronbai Jeenbekov was toppled by opposition parties that decry the former government’s close cooperation with Russia as a violation of Kyrgyzstan’s national sovereignty. The three countries agree on a list of companies and individuals transporting weapons in violation of a UN embargo. The Russian foreign ministry reiterated its calls to get the test analyses and results produced by the German army lab in Munich. In Navalny’s case, however, no one on the plane he took from Tomsk to Moscow reported any symptoms. The cholinesterase inhibitor it named is not formally included on its list of banned substances, but the OPCW claims that its structure resembles other substances it has outlawed. It was returned to France in 1919 after World War I, ceded again to Germany during World War II, and again retroceded to France in 1945. No evidence has been provided for any kind of Russian involvement, let alone personal responsibility by Putin. Recent months have seen mass protests and strikes against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in Belarus, the only remaining government on Russia’s western borders not directly aligned with NATO. Nothing published by the OPCW and the imperialist powers can be taken at face value. In the 2018 Salisbury incident, when former Russian secret service agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were allegedly poisoned with Novichok, at least one person died and one became seriously ill from minimal exposure to the poison. He and his wife could not describe any part of his alleged poisoning without repeated references to novels and movies.