Berlin, September 2
A critic of President Vladmir Putin who fell right into a coma in Russia and is being handled in Berlin was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent, a German authorities spokesman stated on Wednesday.
Tests on blood samples performed at a German navy laboratory produced “unequivocal evidence” that Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most distinguished opposition determine, had been poisoned with Novichok, Steffen Seibert stated in an emailed assertion.
An agent of the identical household was used two years in the past to poison a Russian defector residing in Britain.
“The federal government will inform its partners in the EU and NATO of the results of the investigation,” Seibert added.
“It will discuss an appropriate joint response with the partners in the light of the Russian response.”
Russia is already underneath Western sanctions after its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine six years in the past, and one other stand-off with European nations or the United States might damage its financial system additional.
The Russian rouble prolonged losses towards the euro after the German authorities assertion.
Navalny, 44, was airlifted to Germany late final month after collapsing throughout a flight from the Siberian metropolis of Tomsk to Moscow.
A Kremlin spokesman stated Germany had not knowledgeable it that it believed Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok, in line with the RIA information company.
Novichok is a lethal group of nerve brokers developed by the Soviet navy within the 1970s and 1980s.
Britain says Russia used Novichok to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter within the British metropolis of Salisbury in 2018. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement within the assault, which the Skripals survived. One member of the general public was killed.
“It is a shocking event that Alexei Navalny has become the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia,” Seibert stated. “The federal government condemns this attack in the strongest terms.” Reuters