The German government claims that special laboratories in France and Sweden, which conducted repeated studies of the samples of the Russian blogger Alexei Navalny, allegedly confirmed the poisoning with the substance of the “Novichok” group.
Berlin appealed to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Its specialists took Navalny’s samples and handed them over to “reference laboratories” for independent verification of German government data, reports NSN.
“Now there are the results of these tests in special laboratories in France and Sweden, and they prove the German data,” the statement said.
Navalny felt bad during his flight Tomsk-Moscow August 20. The plane landed in Omsk in an emergency, and the blogger was taken to Emergency Hospital № 1. It was transported to the clinic “Charite” in Berlin on August 22.
German clinic said that they found signs of intoxication with the substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. However, Omsk doctors did not reveal any signs of intoxication with this substance during the examination of the patient. On September 2 the German government with reference to the data of special laboratory of Bundeswehr stated that Navalny was poisoned with the substance from the group ” Novichok”. No proof of this was presented. Berlin did not respond to official inquiries of the Russian side, including those of the General Prosecutor’s Office and medical experts, and demanded some materials from Moscow for investigation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, has repeatedly called on Berlin to cooperate, and then expressed a strong protest to German Ambassador Geese Andreas von Geir, noting that the situation is used to discredit Russia in the international arena. If Germany does not provide a “substantive and detailed response” to inquiries about the condition of the Russian citizen, it will be regarded as Berlin’s refusal to establish the truth as part of an objective investigation, and further actions in the context of the situation will be considered a provocation.
On September 9, Germany announced that it had submitted the results of Navalny’s analysis to OPCW. A representative of the German government, Martin Fitz, then said that Berlin now sees no conditions for transferring the same data directly to Moscow.
However, Alexander Shulgin, the post-representative of the Russian Federation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), noted that the German side had not yet transferred to OPCW any materials on “Navalny case”, the presence of which it had declared earlier. He emphasized that Moscow would insist on dialogue with Berlin on the situation with the blogger. Russia, he said, is ready for cooperation with both Germany and an international organization.
On September 10, German edition Der Spiegel reported that Navalny may speak again and, presumably, may remember the details of what happened before losing consciousness in the plane, RNS reports.