Oct 13, 2020
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Deputy Representative of the Russian Federation at the UN accused the West of rigging in the Navalny case

Alexey Navalny
Alexey Navalny

Western countries are resorting to cynical fabrications and fraud in connection with the situation with Alexei Navalny, said Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN. In his opinion, the "evidence" provided by the FRG is extremely unconvincing, there is no cooperation with Moscow, and all this looks more like a provocation.

On October 13, during a meeting of the first committee of the UN General Assembly dealing with disarmament and international security, a number of Western countries called on the Russian Federation to provide detailed information on the case of the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

As Polyansky, in turn, said, all statements by Western representatives boil down to "unfounded accusations in the spirit of who else, if not Russia, could have done this."

I want to emphasize once again to our German friends that the evidence they publish in the media and do not show us about Navalny is extremely unconvincing. We cannot open a criminal case without evidence in Russia. Perhaps in Germany this is normal practice, but in Russia it is not accepted.- he declared.

In this regard, he stressed that even the OPCW "could not accurately determine the chemical nature of the cholinesterase inhibitors found in the biomaterials of Alexei Navalny, which could well be alcohol and potent drugs."

Russia, Polyansky said, calls on the Western countries to stop distorting the facts and making groundless accusations against the bona fide states parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

To continue talking on this matter, we need the cooperation of our German and European friends. Otherwise, nothing will work out and everyone will clearly understand that this is only a provocation. At least that's what it looks like the most now, - said the representative of the Russian Federation to the UN.

The Russian opposition leader lost consciousness on board the Tomsk-Moscow plane on August 20. Later he was put into an artificial coma. Two days later, at the insistence of his relatives, Navalny was transferred to a clinic in Berlin for treatment. Toxicologists of the Bundeswehr revealed that the Russian was poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group. Their findings were confirmed by laboratories in France and Sweden.

The international community demanded that Russia investigate the incident. Moscow, in turn, demanded that Berlin provide relevant evidence, since while the oppositionist was on the territory of the Russian Federation, no toxic substances were found in his body. True, Russian doctors never found the reason for Navalny's sudden deterioration in health.

Berlin did not respond to a request from Russian law enforcement agencies for legal assistance. The country's authorities explain this by the fact that they cannot transfer the results of his analyzes without the patient's consent. The German Foreign Minister advised Moscow to contact the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, whose specialists also took samples from the Russian and of which the Russian Federation is a member.

The OPCW has also sent Russian biomaterials to several laboratories. On October 6, the organization issued a press release following the research. It states that blood and urine tests confirmed poisoning with a substance "structurally similar" to the substances included in Annexes to the Chemical Weapons Convention 1.A.14 and 1.A.15 (the so-called "Novice" group) at the OPCW session in November 2019. However, the traces found refer to another substance not included in the annexes to the convention.

As previously wrote, the EU member states have reached a political agreement on the imposition of sanctions against those responsible for the situation with Alexei Navalny. This was stated by the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell at a press conference following the meeting of the EU Council in Luxembourg.

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