Foreign labs affirm Navalny poisoned with Novichok: Berlin

Berlin, September 14

Specialist labs in France and Sweden have confirmed Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, the German authorities mentioned Monday.

A German army laboratory beforehand confirmed the substance in his samples. German authorities spokesman Steffen Seibert additionally mentioned that the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is taking steps to have samples from Navalny examined at its reference laboratories.

Health bettering, say medical doctors

The Berlin hospital treating Alexei Navalny says his situation has improved additional and he’s now in a position to go away his mattress briefly. According to consultants on the Charite hospital, Navalny has been efficiently faraway from mechanical air flow.

“Independently of the ongoing examinations by the OPCW, three laboratories have now confirmed independently of one another the proof of a nerve agent of the Novichok group as the cause of Navalny’s poisoning,” Seibert mentioned in an announcement.

He mentioned Germany had requested France and Sweden for an “independent review” of the German findings.

Navalny, probably the most distinguished opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany two days after falling in poor health on August 20. — AP

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