Foreign Minister Maas made the following statement today (14 March) in his inaugural speech in Berlin:
We are most concerned about the events surrounding the poisoning, and we take the UK Government’s assessment very seriously. It is disappointing that Russia does not yet appear willing to assist with the inquiry. Moscow should create transparency and declare its position on the case – either bilaterally to the United Kingdom or within the framework of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
One thing is clear – this attack must have consequences. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. We will remain in close contact with the UK Government on this issue. We understand full well that the United Kingdom had to respond.