French and Swedish labs confirmed that Russia’s opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, Germany stated on Monday.
“Three laboratories have now independently provided evidence of a nerve agent from the Novichok group as the cause of Mr. Navalny’s poisoning. We renew the call for Russia to explain what has happened. We are in close contact with our European partners on further steps”, the German authorities stated in an announcement.
Navalny is a fierce critic of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. On August 20, he fell unwell 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. Russia has rejected the claims. Last week, Berlin’s Charite hospital that has been treating Navalny stated his situation has improved and he’s being weaned off mechanical air flow.
On Monday, Charite hospital stated that Navalny has been efficiently faraway from mechanical air flow and is now in a position to briefly go away his mattress.
Moscow has repeatedly insisted that it has seen no proof that Navalny was poisoned and dismissed Berlin’s findings.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday urged Russia’s president Vladimir Putin to make sure “all light be shed, without delay” on the info surrounding the Navalny poisoning.