MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 07th October, 2020) Russia does not have to prove its innocence in connection with the situation around opposition figure Alexey Navalny, Russia‘s envoy to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin said at the 95th session of the OPCW Executive Council.
The OPCW said Tuesday that a substance similar to nerve agent Novichok, but not included on the lists of banned chemicals, had been found in Navalny’s organism. The German government said the OPCW’s statement in the Navalny case confirmed his poisoning with a Novichok group substance but admitted that the substance was not banned. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the story around Navalny continued in line with a pre-planned conspiracy scenario.
“Despite all the dubious calls on us, including those voiced today, in particular, in a joint statement read by the German representative on behalf of a group of countries – to conduct a national investigation, cooperate with the OPCW, and so on, we declare that Russia does not owe anyone anything: neither Germany, nor other countries, which categorically and without proof claim that Russia is allegedly guilty of ‘poisoning’ Navalny,” Shulgin said.
“There is nothing that we have to prove our innocence for to them, and we are not going to do it,” he said.
Based on the results of tests, local doctors called the main diagnosis a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar. It is not yet clear what caused it, but according to Omsk doctors, no poisons were found in Navalny’s blood and urine.
Later he was transported by plane to Germany. After that, the German government announced, citing military medics, that Navalny had allegedly been poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of toxic warfare agents. Later, the German cabinet said the conclusions of German experts had been confirmed by laboratories in Sweden and France, in parallel, at Berlin‘s request, the OPCW is conducting its own research.
In this regard, the Kremlin stated that Berlin had not informed Moscow of its findings, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official request on this situation. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that in a month Russia had sent Germany three requests for legal assistance on the situation with Navalny, and no answers had been received.