German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that he expects Russia to act in connection with the incident with the opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the “next days”, otherwise Berlin will discuss the response with partners.
“Ultimatums don’t help anyone move forward. But if there is no clarification from the Russian side in the coming days, we will have to discuss the answer with our partners,” the minister said in an interview with the tabloid Bild am Sonntag.
According to Maas, the “attack” on the Navalny was carried out “using an international banned lethal chemical combat substance.”
Asked how confident he is that the Russian state is behind the situation with the Navalny, Maas replied: “There are many instructions to this, and therefore now the Russian side is facing a challenge.
“We have high hopes for the Russian government in uncovering this serious crime. If it has nothing to do with the attack, it is in his own interest to prove it with facts,” Maas added.
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20 after he became ill on the plane. According to the results of the examinations, Omsk doctors named the main diagnosis of metabolic disorders, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar. What caused it is not yet clear, but poisons in the blood and urine Navalny, according to Omsk medics, was not found.
Later, the oppositionist was transported by plane to Germany. On Wednesday, the German government said, citing military medics, that Navalny allegedly poisoned with a substance from a group of poisonous warfare agents. The Kremlin said in this regard that Berlin had not informed Moscow about its conclusions, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia is waiting for a response from Germany to the official request on this situation.
On the day of the hospitalization, the prosecutor’s office and the police began their checks Navalny. The Russian Embassy in Berlin said that they expect the German side to respond as quickly as possible to the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia on August 27 to provide legal assistance in the case of Navalny. Russia is interested and wants to clarify the situation, it needs information from Germany, which is not yet available, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president. Investigative actions on the situation with the Navalny de facto go, if the presence of a poisonous substance is confirmed, the investigation will be opened and de jure, Peskov said.