Germany Will Consult With The OPCW Before Transmitting Data On Navalny
The German government will be able to decide on the possible transfer of research data related to the hospitalization of FBK founder Alexey Navalny only after consulting with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This news was stated by Deputy official representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers Martina Fitz, answering a question from RIA Novosti at a briefing in Berlin.
According to her, the further procedure and further questions regarding the transfer of samples and research results of German military specialists by Germany to Russia "are resolved through contacts with our partners, including the OPCW."
In turn, the representative of the German Defense Ministry, Arne Collatz-Johannsen, said that the results of the research have already been transmitted to the OPCW. "Russia is a part of this organization," he said, answering a question from journalists about data exchange and conducting a second control study. Fitz explained that "all conditions were created so that the OPCW could conduct its work," and Collatz-Johannsen recommended that journalists "ask the OPCW" in response to questions about the place of production of the toxic substance.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that "megaphone diplomacy" involving the EU, NATO, and mentioning the OPCW and "replacing normal cooperation with an information campaign" may be explained by the task of justifying some pre-prepared "response measures."
The Kremlin expects that Germany will provide data on the results of Navalny's survey in the near future, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, September 9. According to him, this "will significantly help in establishing the causes of the incident." Peskov noted the need to investigate the incident.
"De facto, certain investigative actions are already being carried out, de jure they are called pre-investigation checks," the presidential press Secretary explained. At the end of August, the Russian Prosecutor General's office sent a request to the German Ministry of justice, in which it asked for data on the results of Navalny's survey, but it still remains unanswered.