Russia says the West is trying to hunt down Moscow on Navalny


Russia's top diplomat on Thursday accused the West of poisoning Kremlin's top critic Alexei Navalny without providing any evidence, and vehemently denied any government interference.

Russia says the West is trying to hunt down Moscow on Navalny


Navalny, a staunch opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown’ to Germany on August 20, two days after falling ill on a domestic flight to Russia. German chemical weapons experts have vowed that the 44-year-old was poisoned’ with a Soviet-era nerve agent, prompting Berlin to call for an investigation.

The German hospital treating him said on Monday that Neville's condition had improved, allowing doctors to take him out of a coma.

Russian officials have urged Germany to share the evidence, leading them to conclude that "no doubt" that Navalny was poisoned’ with a military neuropathy agent of the Novichok group. British officials say it was used’ on a former Russian spy. Sergey Scripps and his daughter, in Salisbury, England, in 2018. Russian doctors say they have found no signs of poisoning in the nasal passages.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Germany, the United States and other Western allies of urging Russia to investigate the poisoning of Navalny, expecting Russia to do anything about it. Will accept such an accusation.

"We are accustomed to baseless allegations," Lavrov said. When the official representative of the German government says that the independent judiciary has been instructed’ by the office of the Russian Prosecutor General and therefore the German government cannot do anything about it. We demand that we investigate; this is similar to the precedent set by our Western colleagues after the Salisbury poisoning.

He added, "If such logic prevails, it will only mean that they have above all above the law.

The German Defense Ministry said the data on Navalny was provided’ to the Hague-based organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that Russia was still unaware of whether Germany had passed any information to the OPCW. She stressed that she would like to get information in advance to help investigate the matter.

"We don't know what they gave to OPCW," he told reporters during the conference. "We naturally prefer that they hand over these analyzes directly to us."

Peskov noted that Russian authorities had made a preliminary investigation into what had happened to Navalny, but stressed that they needed proof that he was poisoned’ for a full criminal investigation.

"We are confused as to what difficulties could have prevented them from sharing their findings with us," he said.

Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office indicated it might agree to reconsider the fate of the Nord stream 2 pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. .

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Conservative radio host Ben Shapiro that when people around the world "see an attempt to poison an outrage, and they think it's very likely that it actually happened to senior Russian officials." Come on, I don't think that's good for the Russian people.

"I think the world has matured and it is understood that ordinary countries do not work that way, and that would be expensive for the Russians," Pompeo said.


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