Angela Merkel is trapped by a murderous dictator: German Chancellor's carefully nurtured relationship with Vladimir Putin is spiralling out of control in the wake of the Alexei Navalny poisoning | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Angela Merkel is trapped by a murderous dictator: German Chancellor's carefully nurtured relationship with Vladimir Putin is spiralling out of control in the wake of the Alexei Navalny poisoning

For a politician who stands accused of pulling her punches when it comes to the various heinous acts of Vladimir Putin at home and abroad, Angela Merkel had a shock for her critics yesterday.

By confirming that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok – a lethal Soviet-era nerve agent – the German Chancellor was in effect accusing the Kremlin of attempted murder.

There were ‘very serious questions that only the Russian government can answer and must answer’ about the move to silence the anti-corruption campaigner, Merkel said.

The German Chancellor has long sold herself to her Nato partners as the one person who can talk to the Russian president – after all, she grew up in Soviet-controlled East Germany and speaks fluent Russian.

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