French and Swedish laboratories confirm Novichok poisoning

The German government announced on Monday that two independent laboratories, French and Swedish, had confirmed the poisoning of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny by an incoming agent from the Novichok family.

French and Swedish laboratories have analyzed “samples taken” from Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, who are hospitalized in Berlin and confirmed poisoning of a Novichok-type nerve agent, the German government announced on Monday (September 14).

A German military laboratory had already concluded on September 3 that the 44-year-old Russian opponent was poisoned by this powerful nerve agent, which Moscow disputes.

“The German government has also asked other European partners, namely France and Sweden, to independently verify the German evidence on the basis of new samples taken from Navalny,” the spokesman said in a statement. words from the German government, Steffen Seibert. “The results of this study of specialized laboratories in France and Sweden are now available and confirm the German evidence,” he announced.

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“Three laboratories have now independently provided evidence that a nerve agent from the Novichok group is the cause of the poisoning of Mr. Navalny,” claims Steffen Seibert.

The use of Novichok “constitutes a serious breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the spokesman further recalled.

File transferred to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Berlin has therefore “requested the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the analysis of the evidence in the Navalny affair”, adds Steffen Seibert, specifying that the Chemical Weapons Convention specifically provided “for all states signatories to receive technical assistance from the OPCW”.

The OPCW “thus took samples from Mr. Navalny and took the necessary steps to analyze them by the OPCW reference laboratories”, the German government spokesman specified. “We are renewing the appeal that was launched to Russia so that it provides clarification of what happened,” he also warns.

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Russian police announced on September 11 that they wanted to question the opponent who was poisoned on August 20 in Germany during a trip to Siberia, according to his supporters, accusations that were considered anti-Russian and unfounded by Moscow.

Russia has demanded that Berlin hand over the entire file to the Russian opponent, including analyzes from a German military laboratory that identified a Novichok-type substance.

The Russian authorities confirm that their analyzes, which were carried out during the recipient’s hospital stay in Omsk (Siberia), before being transferred to Germany, had not revealed any toxic substance in Alexei Navalny’s body, released from a coma on 7 September.

With AFP