EU to discuss OPCW statement on Navalny on October 15-16

The European Union condemns the situation with alleged “use of chemical weapons” in case of Russian blogger Alexey Navalny and will consider the situation at the summit on October 15-16. On Tuesday, October 6, head of European council Charles Michel stated this at the press-conference following the results of EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels.

“We have already said after the summit that we condemn this attempt to kill with chemical weapons. And very soon at the summit we will have an opportunity to return to this important issue for us”, – Charles Michel said.

Earlier that day, the OPCW reported that the cholinesterase inhibitor, whose biomarkers were found in Navalny’s tests, was not on the list of banned drugs. The report also noted that the found substance has only structural characteristics similar to those of toxic chemicals on the list of banned substances.

Navalny felt bad when he flew from Tomsk to Moscow on August 20. The plane landed in Omsk in an emergency, the patient was taken to the hospital of ambulance № 1, and later was transported to the clinic “Charite” in Berlin.

In Germany it was reported about discovery of signs of intoxication with substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Omsk doctors didn’t find any signs of intoxication with this substance during his examination. On September 23, Navalny was discharged from the hospital.

The German government, based on data from a special laboratory of the Bundeswehr, stated that Navalny was allegedly poisoned with the substance from the group ” Novichok”. There was no evidence or facts attached to this statement. Official inquiries from the Russian side, including those of the General Prosecutor’s Office and medical experts, were left unanswered.