Berlin: Laboratories in Sweden and France have independently confirmed that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok, the German authorities mentioned on Monday.
Authorities spokesman Steffen Seibert additionally mentioned samples taken from the opposition politician, who’s at the moment being handled in Berlin, had additionally been despatched to the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague for exams of their labs.
Military medical doctors at Berlin’s Charite hospital, to which Navalny was evacuated after taking in poor health on a flight over Siberia final month, had been the primary to say he had been poisoned with Novichok. Navalny awoke from a coma final week.
“Independently of the OPCW’s investigations, three laboratories have now independently identified a military nerve agent as the cause of Mr. Navalny’s poisoning,” Seibert mentioned.
Russia says it has seen no proof that Navalny was poisoned.
The poisoning has introduced tensions between Russia and Germany to new heights, fuelling requires the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a Kremlin flagship mission to deliver Russian fuel direct to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea, to be scrapped.
“We renew our call for Russia to explain these events,” Seibert mentioned on Monday.