Lavrov assesses likelihood of initiating a case due to situation with Navalny

Russia has no reason to open a criminal case because of the incident with Alexei Navalny, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“Since we did not find anything in Navalny’s analyzes that speaks of poisoning with military substances, we have no grounds under our legislation to initiate a criminal case, no matter what anyone tells us otherwise”, – Lavrov said at a press conference.

Earlier, Lavrov, commenting on the calls of Western countries for the release of Navalny, said that their goal was to divert attention from the deepest crisis in which the liberal development model found itself. According to him, “you can directly feel the joy with which the comments go, like a carbon copy”.

The wanted Navalny returned to Russia from Germany on Sunday. He was detained at the airport, the FSIN reported. The further measure of restraint for Navalny will be determined by the court, until the court’s decision he will be in custody, the department noted.

Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20 after he fell ill on a plane en route 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. 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 said that the conclusions of German experts were confirmed by the laboratories of Sweden and France, in parallel, the OPCW, at the request of Berlin, 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 then stressed that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official request on this situation: within a month Russia sent Germany requests for legal assistance on the situation with Navalny, responses on them at that time were not received, as well as from the OPCW – on the corresponding letters.

On the day of Navalny’s hospitalization, Russian prosecutors and police began to conduct their checks.

The FRG authorities did not earlier deny that the German intelligence service BND had access to the Novichok military poisoning agent since the 1990s.

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