Peskov Called The Situation With Navalny Absurd
The situation with the founder of the anti-corruption Foundation (FBK) is too absurd for anyone to take their word for it, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"There is too much absurdity in this whole story to take anyone's word for it. Therefore, we are not going to take anyone's word for it," Peskov told reporters when asked about the discovery of traces of Novichok poison on a bottle of water that Navalny drank in a hotel room.
He recalled that this bottle was exported outside of Russia. "We can't explain this, because such a bottle if it was, it was taken somewhere — to Germany or somewhere else. That is, what could have been evidence in favor of poisoning, unfortunately, was taken out, " the Kremlin representative said.
"Toxicologists also say, of course, that if there was a bottle with traces of a combat nerve agent, then, of course, it is unlikely that someone could have taken it somewhere. I wouldn't have had time. That is, you know, there is a lot of absurdity here, the number of questions is growing every day, " Peskov added. The only thing that can shed light on what happened with Navalny is the exchange of information, evidence, and biomaterials, as well as joint work, he stressed.
On September 17, the FBK press service reported that after Navalny's health deteriorated, his team found a bottle of water in the room of the Tomsk hotel where He was staying, on which German experts later found traces of a toxic substance from the Novichok group. Yaka Kizil, the founder of the Cinema for Peace Foundation, later said that the bottles of water that the founder of FBK drank from in Tomsk were delivered to Germany on a German rescue plane.
Navalny lost consciousness on August 20 during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. He was taken to a hospital in Omsk, where he stayed for two days. Local experts did not find any traces of poisoning in his tests. On August 22, he was transferred to the Charite clinic in Berlin.
The German side claims that Navalny was poisoned with the poison of the Novichok group. Russia requested data from German experts to examine the opposition leader, but Germany refused to provide information without Navalny's consent. On September 7, Navalny's condition improved: he was disconnected from the ventilator and brought out of an artificial coma. On September 15, the founder of FBK published the first photo after being hospitalized.