RUSSIA DENIES ANY ROLE IN NAVALNY POISONING
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson denied late on Thursday that the Russian state could have been culpable in the alleged poisoning of dissident Alexei Navalny, Rachel More and Peter Spinella wrote for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) late on September 3, 2020.
"We aren't inclined to accept any accusations in this regard," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS. "There is no reason to accuse the Russian state," he said. Peskov demanded that Germany officially present its findings to Russia, saying: "So far we have received no information."
Navalny is currently in a coma and is being treated in a Berlin hospital after being evacuated from the Russian city of Omsk two weeks ago. German authorities say that toxicology tests have proven that Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-developed nerve agent Novichok.
Germany has been looking to its allies to forge a joint response after it found "unequivocal" evidence of such a nerve agent attack on Navalny. Thirty allies expelled Russian diplomats following the botched attempt to kill double agent Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom several years ago. The head of the German parliament's committee for foreign affairs, Norbert Roettgen, called on Wednesday for Europe to take a clear, tough and unified line on the issue. "Now we have again been brutally confronted with the inhuman reality of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's regime," he told the ARD public broadcaster late Wednesday.