The Head of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin spoke about the possible provocation of Western countries in the case of poisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Duma believes that Russia can make new accusations. “Statements from the EU about Navalny make us think about a possible provocation by Western countries for further accusations against Russia,” he said.

In turn, a spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that “there must be a reason” to begin an investigation into the circumstances of the poisoning of Russian opposition politicians. “So far, we state that the patient is in a coma,” Peskov said.

Instead, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Brussels and Washington of “suspicious haste in the version of the deliberate poisoning of Alexei Navalny.” They urged German doctors not to allow the use of their laboratory tests for political purposes.

“During the last Russian-American consultations in Moscow on 25 August with the First Deputy Secretary of State S. Bigan, the issue of A. Navalny was raised. Having determined in advance that the ‘incident’ had taken place, the American side emphasised that ‘if the version of his poisoning as an oppositionist is confirmed, Washington will take measures against which the reaction of American society to Russian interference in the US presidential election in 2016 will fade,'” stated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Russian government did not benefit from Navalny’s poisoning.

It should be recalled that, on 20 August, Alexei Navalny became ill on a flight from Moscow to Tomsk. The aircraft made an emergency landing in Omsk. Navalny was taken to the intensive care unit of a local hospital, connected to a ventilator and fell into a coma.

Navalny is currently being treated at the Charite Clinic in Berlin, where he has already been diagnosed with poisoning by a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors.

Natalia Tolub

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