Moscow slams Germany for secretly passing Navalny samples to France and Sweden – Russian politics and diplomacy

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MOSCOW, September 17 / TASS /. Russia is reacting negatively to Germany’s secret transfer of biomaterials from Alexey Navalny from Charite Hospital in Berlin to its partners, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a comment on Thursday, stressing that Germany refuses to cooperate with Moscow in this matter.“It is clear that this was done with political implications, so that Paris and Stockholm automatically confirm the baseless accusations that Berlin is making against Russia,” he said.

The ministry referred in this regard to the actions of Sweden in 2018, in the so-called Skripal case. “In the wake of the lingering hysteria in the West around the ‘Skripal affair’, Sweden assured us that the research laboratory of the Defense Research Agency of the Swedish city of Umea, which has now confirmed the alleged ‘poisoning’ of Navalny, made not having and could not have samples of Novichok, ”he said.

“Now, in this case, Swedish specialists have proven to be competent to determine with 100% certainty the presence of this toxic agent in the biomaterials of the Russian blogger,” the commentary said.

The ministry also highlighted the activity of a group of Franco-Anglo-Saxon officials among the leaders of the OPCW Technical Secretariat, which carried out a “covert operation” to take the Navalny biomaterials and pass them off as tests at two laboratories designated by the organization. “We will not be surprised if it will be the laboratories of Switzerland Spiez and Briton Porton Down, which were already in the” Skripal case “”, added the ministry.

“We must regretfully state that Western countries have crossed all lines, turning the once famous OPCW into a dirty instrument to carry out their destructive plots,” the ministry summed up.

On August 20, a plane carrying Navalny made an emergency landing in the Russian city of Omsk after the blogger suddenly felt ill in midair. Navalny was rushed to hospital in a coma and was hooked up to a ventilator. On August 22, he was flown to Germany for treatment at the Charité Hospital in Berlin.

On September 2, the German government said, citing the results of a toxicological analysis carried out by experts from the Bundeswehr, that Navalny had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. On Monday, Berlin said three EU laboratories, including those in France and Sweden, had confirmed the German findings. According to the German Foreign Ministry, OPCW experts also took samples in Navalny, forwarding them to the organization’s reference laboratories.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said Russia was ready for comprehensive cooperation with Germany. He noted that prior to Navalny’s transfer to Berlin, no toxic substances had been found in his system. For her part, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the German Foreign Ministry had not provided any evidence of the alleged intoxication to the Russian ambassador.

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