Russia’s president Vladimir Putin stated on Thursday he had personally intervened to make sure that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny may obtain medical remedy in Germany after Navalny’s allies stated he had been poisoned.
On August 20, Navalny fell sick on a flight from Siberia to Moscow, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency touchdown in Omsk, the place he spent two days in hospital earlier than being evacuated to Germany.
Germany says he was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in an try and homicide him. Later, Germany stated that two impartial laboratories – one in Sweden and one in France – confirmed that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has additionally confirmed that Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent within the Novichok household.
Moscow has denied accusations that it was concerned within the poisoning.
“There were travel restrictions against him related to a judicial investigation and a criminal case. But I nonetheless asked the General Prosecutor’s office to allow it and he left”, Putin stated.
He added that if somebody in Russia had needed to poison Navalny, Moscow wouldn’t have allowed him to be flown to Berlin for remedy.
The EU and the UK final week imposed sanctions on Russian officers near Putin as punishment for Navalny’s poisoning.