Germany says Putin critic poisoned – Western leaders outraged!

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But not all Western leaders

Multiple news organizations have reported that Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was poisoned with the same type of Soviet-era nerve agent used in a 2018 attack on a former Russian spy, the German government said Wednesday, provoking outrage from Western leaders who demanded Moscow provide an explanation.

But not all Western leaders.

One of these leaders is not like the others

German Chancellor Angela Markel: “Navalny’s poisoning was attempted murder, meant to silence one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics. There are very serious questions now that only the Russian government can answer, and must answer.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanded that Russia explain what happened, calling the use of a chemical weapon “outrageous.”

European Union foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell called for an investigation, saying “any use of chemical weapons was completely unacceptable and a breach of international law.”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the Russian ambassador was summoned to his ministry Wednesday after the latest findings.

United States President Donald John Trump: “…………..”

For its part, the Russian response was equivocal, to say the least.

The Associated Press reported that Russian authorities appeared reluctant to comment on the poisoning, instead blaming Germany for not sharing its findings with Russian law enforcement.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian authorities are “ready and interested in full cooperation and exchange of information” with Germany but added that Berlin still hasn’t provided any official response to formal requests from the Russian prosecutor general’s office and doctors who treated Navalny.

Peskov said that Russian doctors didn’t find any poisonous substances in Navalny’s system. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova charged on state TV that Germany preferred “public statements without providing any facts whatsoever” to “a thorough investigation.”

But back to Trump. What are the odds that if and when he does address this outrageous crime, his comments will somehow mirror the Russian statements?

Yeah, I know – “sucker bet!”

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.

5 thoughts on “Germany says Putin critic poisoned – Western leaders outraged!

    1. Hy, thanks for sending. I’ve always likes SE Cupp, although don’t always agree with her. But she’s right: “”We could sure use a break from this.” And the fact that she, a dedicated conservative is voting for Biden on the same day Rick Snyder, the former GOP governor of Michigan announce that he will vote for Biden as well is telling. Maybe finally we see some real Republicans get real about “this cancer on the presidency.”

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  1. “Sucker bet” indeed, Tedward.

    One of the many similarities of the Putin / trump playbook is essentially to attack the person (e.g. Merkle) and the process, but never address the substance. “Poison?…what poison?”

    And let’s not forget that Dmitry Peskov is Putin’s Steve Bannon, if a bit more presentable. 😉

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  2. “Sucker bet” indeed.

    One of the many similarities of the Putin / trump playbook is essentially to attack the person (e.g. Merkle) and the process, but never address the substance.

    And let’s not forget that Dmitry Peskov is Putin’s Steve Bannon, if a bit more presentable.

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