Russia demanded that Germany provide comprehensive information on the case of Alexei Navalny. This was announced on Thursday, September 24, at the Russian Permanent Mission to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Interfax reports.
As explained in the permanent mission, the corresponding note was sent to the German side on September 23. In particular, Moscow expects to receive all the results of Navalny's analyzes, biomaterials and other clinical samples that are available to specialists from Germany. Berlin was given a 10-day period to fulfill the requirement.
It is noted that the request was made in accordance with paragraph 2 of article 9 of the Chemical Weapons Convention. In the future, the issue will be resolved based on the possibilities laid down in the Convention and taking into account the response of Germany, the Russian Permanent Mission stressed.
Earlier in September, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova complained that Germany was not trying to help Russia with Navalny. In particular, Berlin is in no hurry to share all the information and deliberately stalls for time, not responding to requests from the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia, Zakharova said. Prior to that, the Russian Ambassador to Germany, Sergei Nechaev, also noted that the German side had already sent samples related to the Navalny case to laboratories in France, Sweden, and also to the OPCW, while Moscow had not yet received them.
Navalny became ill on August 20 during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. In the first two days, doctors from the Omsk hospital helped him. They also introduced him to an artificial coma. On August 22, the patient was sent to a clinic in Berlin. On September 2, the German government announced that military toxicologists had found traces of a substance from the Novichok group in Navalny's body and called on the Russian government to respond to this information. Russian doctors say that no poisons were found in the patient's analyzes. On September 10, it became known that Navalny had completely recovered.