Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian MFA on the developments around Alexey Navalny

Submitted on Wed, 10/07/2020 - 08:17

We noted the fairly predictable and prompt response with which German officials agreed to the publication of a report on the results of a study on Alexey Navalny’s bio materials on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) website. These results were received shortly before, probably, timed to the beginning of the OPCW Executive Council session.

Thus, this essentially fantastic story, initiated at Berlin’s prompting by its Euro-Atlantic allies in cooperation with the heads of the OPCW Technical Secretariat, received a continuation under the pre-planned conspiracy scenario.

Following the military laboratories of Germany, France and Sweden, now another two laboratories appointed by the OPCW Technical Secretariat, which are, judging by everything, also linked to the military-political structures of the Euro-Atlantic community, have confirmed the presence of certain cholinesterase inhibitors in Navalny’s bio materials. It is stated that these inhibitors are similar in their structural characteristics to two chemicals controlled by the Chemical Weapons Convention but as distinct from them, are not included on its lists.

The Russian Federation intends to distribute its vision of the situation on Germany’s cooperation with the OPCW Technical Secretariat, at the current session of the Executive Council. It will present the chronology of backstage manipulations by the main actors in this play to the participants of the Chemical Weapons Convention. We would also like to remind you that the inquiries sent by the Prosecutor-General’s Office of the Russian Federation to the German authorities in accordance with the 1959 European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters remain unanswered and are supposedly still under review.

We hope the upcoming efforts of the Russian specialists and their OPCW colleagues will make it possible to develop calm, depoliticised cooperation and avoid further escalation of tension around this issue.