Government of Germany: Navalny was poisoned by a substance of the Novichok group

Alexey Navalny was the victim of a poison attack, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday, September 2.

According to him, the special laboratory of the German armed forces — the Bundeswehr, conducted a Toxicological analysis of samples taken from the Russian, who is currently being treated at the Berlin clinic “Charite.” Bundeswehr experts have identified traces of the Novichok chemical, and their conclusions are not in doubt, Seibert said.

Official Berlin called on the Russian authorities to speak out on this issue, Seibert stressed. According to him, Germany will notify its EU and NATO partners about the results of Navalny’s analysis and discuss a “proportionate joint response” with them.

A few hours earlier, the situation was discussed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Minister of justice and consumer protection Christine Lambrecht, defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, and the head of the Department Federal Chancellor Helge Braun.

Alexey Navalny, on August 20, became ill in the plane on which he flew from Tomsk to Moscow. The airliner landed urgently in Omsk, and the opposition leader was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was hospitalized in an unconscious state and connected to a ventilator. The opposition leader, who is in a medically induced coma, was taken to Berlin on the morning of August 22 after a long delay.

Experts at the Charite clinic found signs of poisoning in Navalny with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors, after which the German Chancellor and the German Foreign Minister called on Moscow to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the poisoning. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, EU high representative for foreign Affairs Josep Borrel, and US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo also called for an independent investigation.