Germany: Overseas labs affirm Navalny poisoned with Novichok

BERLIN: Specialist labs in France and Sweden have confirmed Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, the German authorities mentioned Monday.
A German navy laboratory beforehand confirmed the substance in his samples. German authorities spokesman Steffen Seibert mentioned that the Hague-based Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has additionally obtained samples and is taking steps to have these examined at its reference laboratories.
“Independently of the continued examinations by the OPCW, three laboratories have now confirmed independently of each other the proof of a nerve agent of the Novichok group as the reason for Mr. Navalny’s poisoning,” Seibert mentioned in a press release.
He mentioned Germany had requested France and Sweden for an “unbiased assessment” of the German findings utilizing new samples from Navalny.
Navalny, essentially the most seen opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany two days after falling in poor health on August 20 on a home flight in Russia. Berlin has demanded that Russia examine the case.
Seibert on Monday renewed Germany’s demand that “Russia clarify itself” on the matter.
He added that “we’re in shut session with our European companions on additional steps.”
The Kremlin has bristled at calls from Chancellor Angela Merkel and different world leaders for Russia to reply questions within the case, denying any official involvement and accusing the West of attempting to smear Moscow.
Russian authorities have prodded Germany to share the proof that led it to conclude “doubtless” 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 Salisbury, England, in 2018.
Berlin has rejected strategies from Moscow that it’s dragging its heels.
Navalny was stored in an induced coma for greater than every week as he was handled with an antidote, earlier than hospital officers mentioned every week in the past that his situation had improved sufficient for him to be introduced out of it.
It is not clear when Berlin’s Charite hospital will subsequent situation an replace on his situation.

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