The US President did not answer the question of who is guilty of the “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny.
“We will talk about this at another time,” Trump told reporters.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States expects the results of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation into the incident with Navalny to become known within a week or two, while Washington intends to respond to the situation when all the facts of the incident are available.
Navalny was hospitalized on August 20 in Omsk after he became ill on the plane. Based on the results of the examinations, the Omsk doctors called the main diagnosis a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar. What caused it is not yet clear, but according to Omsk doctors, no poisons were found in Navalny’s blood and urine.
Later he was transported by plane to Germany. After that, the FRG government announced, citing military doctors, that Navalny had allegedly been poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of toxic warfare agents. Later, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany reported that the conclusions of German experts were confirmed by the laboratories of Sweden and France, in parallel, at the request of Berlin, the OPCW is conducting its own research.
In this regard, the Kremlin stated that Berlin did not inform Moscow of its findings, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official request on this situation.
The FRG authorities did not earlier deny that the German intelligence service BND had access to the Novichok military poisoning agent since the 1990s. According to media reports, the “Novichok” formula was installed in one of the laboratories in Sweden. Then this data went to Germany, which, in turn, provided this information to its closest partners in NATO, including the United States, Great Britain, as well as five other member states of the alliance, including Canada and the Netherlands. The FRG government has never officially recognized the fact of such a special operation.
One of the developers of the chemical warfare agent Leonid Rink has already stated that the data on the alleged poisoning of Navalny with a new variety of Novichok is nonsense, since there were no symptoms of poisoning with this substance.
On the day of Navalny’s hospitalization, the prosecutor’s office and the police began to conduct their checks. The Russian Embassy in Berlin said that they expect the German side to respond as quickly as possible to the request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office of August 27 for legal assistance in the Navalny case. The RF IC had previously sent a statement by Navalny’s supporters to the West Siberian Department for verification that the blogger had allegedly been attempted. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that de facto investigative actions on the situation with Navalny are underway, if the presence of a poisonous substance is confirmed, the investigation will be open and de jure.
On September 7, the Berlin clinic Charite reported that Navalny’s condition improved, he was taken out of a coma and disconnected from the ventilator.