Speaking to CBS on Sunday, Navalny said: “I think this is extremely important – that everyone, of course, including and perhaps in the first place, the President of the United States, be very against it. use of chemical weapons in the 21st century. ”
Navalny, a fierce critic of the Kremlin, fell seriously ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow on August 20. He was treated at the Charité Hospital in Berlin and was released at the end of September.
“I said to the flight attendant, and I kind of shocked him with my statement, ‘Well I’ve been poisoned and I’m going to die.’ And I immediately lay down on – on his feet, ”Navalny said of the moment he realized he had been poisoned.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has confirmed that blood and urine samples taken from Navalny show the presence of Novichok, a group of Soviet-era nerve agents. Novichok was also used in a March 2018 attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the English cathedral city of Salisbury.
Navalny went on to say that Moscow denies carrying out the attack because admitting it would also mean admitting that Russia has always banned weapons and improved them.
He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin uses these weapons to “kill me and, you know, terrify others,” saying Putin “appreciates” that people can fall dead and that there is no weapon, or no trace of what happened.
The Russian opposition leader said the Novichok allegedly used on him is “perhaps the most toxic agent invented by humans.” This is a new type of Novichok, which proves that, unfortunately, Putin is developing a new program of this chemical weapon, which is prohibited. ”
When asked why one of the oligarchs Navalny embarrassed by exposing their corruption wouldn’t have ordered the poisoning, Navalny said Novichok was too hard to find.
“It’s not something that you can buy in the store even if you have billions of dollars,” he said, adding that specialist knowledge is also needed to use the poison.
He added that if Putin was not responsible for the attack, “why is there no investigation? “