MOSCOW, September 2. / TASS /. Alexei Navalny could have been poisoned with a nerve agent of the Novichok group only in the German clinic Charite, accusations against Russia contradict common sense. This opinion on Wednesday in an interview with a TASS correspondent was expressed by a member of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Andrei Lugovoi.
“If something related to Novichok was found there, then most likely it was introduced to him in this clinic,” Lugovoy said. “A nurse, a doctor could leave any mark if they wanted to really mark Navalny in some way with poison substance. I’m sure that’s exactly what happened. “
In his opinion, the version of poisoning by Novichok in Russia is devoid of any logic. “I estimate the probability [такого отравления] as completely absent from the point of view of elementary common sense. That is, they poisoned, they themselves handed them over to find that they poisoned, “the parliamentarian noted.” If someone worked at the state level, there would be a way to avoid and explain this, “he commented on the accusations against Moscow …
The deputy regards the incident as another provocation by external forces and a “brilliant story” for discrediting German-Russian relations. At the same time, he believes, Berlin could have been misled about Navalny’s poisoning. “First of all, we must demand as much as possible the transfer of all the documents that Germany has in this regard. The Prosecutor General’s Office is doing this,” Lugovoi stressed.
The parliamentarian also considers it unrealistic that the Novichok group’s poisonous substances could fall into the hands of Navalny’s ill-wishers, who are not connected with government agencies.
Cabinet of Ministers of Germany on Wednesday statedthat German military toxicologists found traces of a Novichok-type substance in Navalny’s body. Berlin called on Moscow to clarify the circumstances of what happened to Navalny and promised to inform the Russian ambassador about the results of the study of his analyzes. As the official representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers Steffen Seibert said at a press conference, Germany will inform the EU, NATO and the OPCW about the new data and, together with partners, will take measures “depending on Moscow’s reaction.” What these measures could be, he did not specify.
At the same time, Dmitry Peskov, the official representative of the President of the Russian Federation reportedthat the Kremlin received no information from Germany about Navalny’s poisoning. At the Russian Foreign Ministry notedthat Moscow continues to expect a response from the FRG to the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, earlier the Russian side has repeatedly stressed its interest in investigating the incident. Source TASS statedthat Russian forensic experts did not find poisonous or toxic substances in the body and on the things of the blogger. In addition, the police did not find any evidence of deliberate harm to Navalny’s health during the inspection.