Omsk doctors examined Alexei Navalny in detail, he flew out of Omsk without signs of poisoning, in this regard, Russia has questions to the German side, said Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin.
“The fact is that at the time when Alexei Navalny flew out of Russia, his body did not contain any toxic substances. In this regard, we, of course, have many questions for the German side,” he told Interfax reporters in Moscow.
According to him, Omsk doctors saved the life of the politician and “conducted the deepest complex of studies and examinations” on “the most modern equipment, according to the most stringent medical protocols.”
“And no signs of the presence of toxic substances in the body of Alexei Navalny were found, they were not there,” the SVR director stated.
He also recalled that all the Novichok stocks in Russia were destroyed in accordance with the protocols and regulations of the OPCW, and this was recorded in the prescribed manner.
“Therefore, to say that there is either production or old stocks of chemical warfare agents on the territory of Russia is of course disinformation,” Naryshkin said.
The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office twice asked Berlin for help in connection with the verification of the incident, but did not receive a response, he added. He repeated that the Prosecutor General’s Office and, possibly, the TFR have “a lot” of questions for the German side.
Omsk doctors publicly stated that neither local nor Moscow laboratories found signs of poisoning at Navalny. They tend to the diagnosis – a violation of carbohydrate metabolism. In the laboratory of the Bundeswehr, it was established that the Russian politician had been poisoned with a combat organophosphorus substance from the Novichok group, the German government said. They added that these conclusions were confirmed by independent laboratories in France and Sweden, and now it is being checked by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Berlin urges Russia to conduct an independent and transparent investigation into the incident. In Moscow, they say that there are no legal grounds for initiating a criminal case – in Omsk, tests did not reveal poison in Navalny. The pre-investigation check continues, the Russian side requested legal assistance from the Federal Republic of Germany, then an additional request was sent to Navalny’s attending doctors.
The Foreign Ministry demands that the German side provide Moscow with Navalny’s samples, as well as documented data on his analyzes and condition. At the same time, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that it is legally impossible to initiate a criminal case in Russia based on the developments of a foreign laboratory, especially a military one.
On September 11, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Berlin confirmed the receipt of a request for legal assistance from Moscow, but agreed to provide data on Navalny’s health only with his permission.