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A screenshot of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny on CBS' "60 Minutes." Photo: CBS/"60 Minutes"

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny called on President Trump during an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" broadcast Sunday to condemn his Novichok poisoning that left him critically ill in hospital.

Details: Asked by CBS' Lesley Stahl if it's important for Trump to condemn the attack, which Navalny says Russian President Putin was behind, he replied: "I think it's extremely important that everyone, of course, including and maybe in the first of all, president of United States, to be very against using chemical weapons in the 21st Century."

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  • Stahl also noted that German Chancellor Angela Merkle and French President Emmanuel Macron had "persuaded the European Union to impose sanctions" against Russia — which has denied any involvement in the attack — and that "all these leaders have signed on, except Donald Trump" to the plan.
  • Navalny, who is recuperating in Berlin, Germany, replied, "Yes, I ... have noticed it."

Of note: While the White House did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment, Trump last month denied there was any proof that Russia poisoned Navalny, adding he would be "very angry if that is the case."

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month "there is a substantial chance" the order to poison Navalny came from senior Russian officials.
  • The U.S. also joined G7 foreign ministers in condemning Navalny's poisoning, calling it "another grave blow against democracy and political plurality in Russia" and urging the country to "fully establish transparency on who is responsible."

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with further context on the U.S. and the G7's position condemning Navalny’s poisoning.

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