Moscow, September 10
Russia’s prime diplomat on Thursday accused the West of levelling accusations of poisoning prime Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with out offering proof, staunchly denying any official involvement.
Navalny, probably the most seen opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany two days after falling unwell on August 20 on a home flight in Russia.
German chemical weapons consultants have decided that the 44-year-old was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent, prompting Berlin to demand that Russia examine the case.
The German hospital treating him mentioned Monday that Navalny’s situation had improved, permitting medical doctors to take him out of an induced coma.
Russian authorities have prodded Germany to share the proof that led them to conclude “without doubt” that Navalny was poisoned with a navy nerve agent from the Novichok group, the identical class of Soviet-era agent that British authorities mentioned was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in 2018. Russian medical doctors mentioned that they had discovered no hint of poison in Navalny’s system.
Speaking at a information convention Thursday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov charged that Germany, the United States and different Western allies who urge Russia to conduct a probe into Navalny’s poisoning squarely anticipate Russia to simply accept blame for one thing it hasn’t performed.
“If such logic prevails, that would only mean that they put themselves above the law, above everyone else,” he mentioned.
Germany’s Defense Ministry has mentioned the information about Navalny had been offered to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, mentioned Thursday that Russia was nonetheless unaware whether or not Germany had handed over any info to the OPCW. He underlined that it wish to obtain the knowledge first hand to assist examine the case.
“We don’t know what they have given to the OPCW,” he mentioned throughout a convention name with reporters. “We naturally prefer that they hand over those analyses directly to us.”
Peskov famous that Russian authorities had launched a preliminary test into what occurred to Navalny, however emphasised that they want proof of his poisoning to conduct a full-fledged prison inquiry.
“We have been left puzzling over what kind of difficulties could have prevented them from sharing their findings with us,” he mentioned.
Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s workplace indicated that she is likely to be prepared to rethink the destiny of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that can convey Russian fuel to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea — an indication of Berlin’s rising frustration over Moscow’s stonewalling in regards to the Navalny case.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed conservative radio host Ben Shapiro that when folks around the globe “see the effort to poison a dissident and they recognise that there is a substantial chance that this actually came from senior Russian officials, I think this is not good for the Russian people”.
“I think the world has matured and come to an understanding that this is not how normal countries operate and this will prove costly for the Russians,” Pompeo mentioned. AP