Zakharova assessed the West’s response to Russia’s demarche on the situation with Navalny

Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova - 1920, 21.10.2021

MOSCOW, October 21 – The responses of Britain, Germany, France and Sweden to the Russian counter-demarche on the situation around Alexei Navalny are meaningless, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
“On October 18, Britain, Germany, France and Sweden reacted to the Russian counter-demarche on the situation around Navalny. conveyed our demarche on October 8. But at the same time, the replies of these states are, in fact, simply meaningless, “Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.
“These are such replies, which are formulated in the genre of megaphone diplomacy with outdated, accusatory theses in the favorite style of” high-level like “(from English highly likely -” highly likely “). Colleagues did not provide any information we requested, we requested this information, therefore that they are important for the proper completion of the pre-investigation check initiated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the presence of evidence of corpus delicti in the incident with Navalny and the possible initiation of a criminal case following its results, which our Western partners are talking about so zealously, “Zakharova added.
The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman added that a number of questions from the Russian side still remain unanswered. Including “what kind of toxic substance was discovered by German military chemists in the biomaterials of a Russian blogger” and “who was the man who accompanied Alexei Navalny on board a charter medical flight from Omsk to Berlin”, as well as “what is the role of Maria Pevchikh in this whole story “. “After all, her participation is so carefully hidden by both the German and British authorities in this whole story … And why the Russian law enforcement agencies are not given the opportunity to interrogate Mrs. Singers herself,” Zakharova clarified.
Earlier, the United States and 44 other countries through the OPCW sent Russia a list of questions about the incident with Navalny and said they were waiting for an answer within 10 days. Moscow has prepared a counter demarche. In it, the Russian side asked the OPCW Technical Secretariat to transfer to the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Germany, France and Sweden to the OPCW, copies of the note verbales and the attached documents.
Navalny was hospitalized on August 20, 2020 in Omsk after he fell ill on the plane on the way from Tomsk. 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. It is not yet clear what caused it, 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 chemical 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 conclusions, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official request on this situation: in a month, Russia sent Germany three requests for legal assistance on the situation with Navalny, replies not received on them. On the day of Navalny’s hospitalization, the prosecutor’s office and the police began to conduct their checks.
The Russian Foreign Ministry a year after the incident with Navalny said that it was a planned provocation aimed at discrediting Russia, the case was promoted by the West to contain the country and new attacks on it. The ministry noted that Berlin did not provide any verifiable evidence of its accusations against the Russian Federation, and the OPCW “shook up” Moscow’s request for assistance, preventing the initiation of the case.

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