French And Swedish Experts Confirmed Navalny's Novichok Poisoning
The German government claims that the presence of a substance from the Novichok group in the samples of Russian politician Alexey Navalny is confirmed by data from three independent laboratories, including experts from France and Sweden. Berlin said it had engaged the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to analyze the samples and repeated its call for Russia to clarify the situation.
"The Federal government has engaged the OPCW to analyze the evidence in the Navalny case. The OPCW took samples from Mr. Navalny and took the necessary measures to study them in its laboratories. The Federal government has also asked its European partners, France and Sweden, to conduct an independent study. The results of this check are now available and confirm the German evidence. To date, three laboratories have independently provided evidence that Mr. Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group," the German government said in a statement on its website.
Germany believes that Alexey Navalny was poisoned with military poison from the Novichok group. The head of German intelligence, Bruno Kala, said that the poison used was stronger than previously known. Russia denies this and refuses to open a criminal case. Mr. Navalny was in a coma from August 20 to September 7.
"We again call on Russia to explain what happened. We are in close contact with our European partners regarding further steps," the document says.
On September 9, the German Defense Ministry announced that the results of the analysis of samples taken from Mr. Navalny were transferred to the OPCW. The Russian permanent mission to the OPCW called this report unreliable.