Berlin calls on the Russian government to cooperate on the situation with Alexei Navalny and awaits an investigation, said Olaf Scholz, Germany’s vice-chancellor and finance minister, speaking in the Bundestag. Earlier, Moscow had repeatedly stated that it was interested in the investigation but had not yet received a response to a request for legal assistance from the German side.
“From what we now know, it is clear that conclusions must be drawn. Therefore, it is important that we call on the Russian government to cooperate, to conduct the investigation, and to cooperate in the investigation of this crime. We expect the necessary clarification and the cooperation that is needed to do so,” Scholz said.
He also expressed the view that Navalny was ‘poisoned’ with a substance from the Novichok group. “This is a serious crime, and we’re pretty sure that this attack was carried out with a substance from the Novichok group,” Scholz said.
Earlier Peter Bystron, a member of the Alternative to Germany faction in the Bundestag, told RIA Novosti that the German authorities have not denied the availability of access to the Novichok poisoning agent from the German intelligence BND since the 1990s, and the deputy’s request on this topic was not answered, citing secrecy.
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20 after he became ill on the plane. According to the results of examinations, Omsk doctors called a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar, the main diagnosis. It is still unclear what caused it, but according to Omsk doctors’ data, no poisons were found in Navalny’s blood and urine.
Later, Navalny was airlifted to Germany. On Wednesday, the German government said, citing military doctors, that Navalny was allegedly poisoned with a substance from the group of poisonous warfare agents “Novichok. The Kremlin said that Berlin had not informed Moscow about its findings, and the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia was waiting for Germany to respond to an official inquiry about the situation.
Even on the day of Navalny’s hospitalization, the prosecutor’s office and the police started their inspections. The RF embassy in Berlin said that they were waiting for the German side to respond as soon as possible to the inquiry of the RF Prosecutor General’s Office of August 27 about providing legal assistance in the Navalny case. Russia is interested and wants to clarify the situation; for this purpose, it needs information from Germany that is not available yet, said the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov. The investigation of the situation with Navalny de facto is going on, if the presence of the poisonous substance is confirmed, the investigation will be opened and de jure said the Press-Secretary of the RF President on Friday answering the journalists’ questions.
On Monday, the Charite Clinic in Berlin reported that Navalny’s condition had improved and he had been taken out of his coma.