According to the federal government, laboratories in France and Sweden have confirmed the German findings on the poisoning of Russian opposition activist Alexej Navalny. This means that “three laboratories have now independently provided evidence that a nerve agent from the Novitschok group is the cause of Navalny’s poisoning,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert in Berlin on Monday.
The German government reiterated its demand “that Russia report to the events”.
According to Seibert, Germany has supplied special laboratories in France and Sweden with samples from Navalny. The results “are now available and confirm German evidence,” Seibert wrote on Twitter.
Another investigation is being conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW took samples from Navalny and took the necessary steps to have them examined by OPCW reference laboratories, he said.
The Russian government had previously repeatedly expressed doubts about the findings of a Bundeswehr laboratory. The federal government had evaluated these results in such a way that Navalny was “undoubtedly” poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the so-called Novitschok group. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had spoken of an “attempted poisoning” of the Russian opposition member and asked Russia for clarification. (AFP)