Moscow Calls Berlin’s Statement That Russia Should Contact OPCW on Situation With Navalny ‘Evasion’

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The German government said in early September that doctors at the hospital where Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is being treated had found traces of a nerve agent from the Novichok group in his system. Moscow responded by pointing to the lack of evidence in Berlin’s claims and noting that Russian doctors had found no toxic substances.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’ statement that Moscow should contact the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) about the situation with politician Alexei Navalny “evasion”.

Earlier today, Steffen Seibert, the German government’s spokesman, stated that Germany and the OPCW had made advances in joint work on the alleged poisoning case and “received the undeniable results of the special laboratory of the Bundeswehr [Germany’s military]”. The German Foreign Ministry said that the OPCW had taken samples from Alexei Navalny for an investigation on its own, in accordance with Paragraph VIII 38 (e) of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which envisions technical assistance to OPCW member states.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told French leader Emmanuel Macron during a phone conversation that groundless accusations against Russia regarding the situation around Navalny were unacceptable. Putin also told Macron that Germany needed to share its case materials with Russia so that the situation could be…

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