NOVICHOK USED IN POISONING NAVALNY, GERMANY CLAIMS
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group, the German government said late on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
Navalny, who fell ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow last month, is being treated at a Berlin hospital, Stephanie Halasz and Bryony Jones reported for CNN.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said toxicological tests on samples taken from Navalny had been carried out at a German military laboratory. He said they provided "unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent" from the Novichok group. It was the same nerve agent used in the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom.
In a statement, Seibert said it was "startling" that Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia. "The federal government condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms," the statement said, adding: "The Russian government is urged to explain itself regarding the incident." Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the Kremlin had not received any information from Germany that Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group, according to Russian state news agency TASS.