Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who spewed poison in a Berlin hospital, says his condition has improved further and he is now able to leave his bed for a while.
Berlin – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s health has improved so that he can now leave his bed briefly, with the Berlin hospital treating him on Monday, while Germany announced French and Swedish laboratories have confirmed their findings That he was poisoned with Soviet. -Era nerve agent Novichok.
Navalny, the most prominent rival of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was taken to Germany two days after falling ill on August 20 on a domestic flight to Russia and is being treated at Berlin’s Charity Hospital. Berlin has demanded that Russia investigate the case.
Charit said Navalny is now “successfully removed from mechanical ventilation.”
“He is gathering at the moment and is able to leave his bed for a short time,” he said.
Monday’s statement did not address the long-term outlook for the 44-year-old Russian politician and anti-corruption investigator. Doctors warn that even though the naval is healing, toxicity cannot be ruled out over long-term health problems.
The Kremlin has asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders in Russia to answer questions about the poisoning, denying any official involvement and accusing the West of trying to smear Moscow.
Earlier on Monday, the German government said tests conducted by laboratories in France and Sweden supported earlier findings by a German military laboratory that Novelok, an agent of the Soviet Union at the same time as an agent of the Soviet Union Scripple and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018, were poisoned by former Russian spy Sergei.
German government spokesman Stephane Seibert said the Hague-based organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons is also taking steps to take samples from the Navy.
He said that Germany had asked France and Sweden for an independent examination of the findings. German officials said laboratories from both countries, as well as the OPCW, took their new samples from Navalnye.
“In separate efforts from the OPCW examinations, which are still ongoing,” Sybet said, the three laboratories independently stated with a second submitted evidence that Mr. Navalny’s poisoning was from a Novich agent. ”
“We once again call on Russia to give a statement on the incident,” he said. “We are closely discussing with our European partners about possible next steps.”
Seibert experts will not identify French and Swedish laboratories. But the head of the Swedish Defense Research Agency, Asha Scott, told the Swedish news agency TT, “We can confirm that we see results similar to the German laboratory, meaning there is no doubt that it is about these substances.”
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday expressed “deep concern over the criminal act”, targeting Navalny during a phone conversation with Putin.
Macron confirmed that according to the statement France came to a conclusion on the poisoning of its European partners. “There is a need for clarification from Russia within the scope of a credible and transparent investigation,” he said. ”
The Kremlin in a call to Putin “underscored the disqualification of the baseless allegations against the Russian side” and stressed the demand by Russia for the analysis of Navalny for Germany and handing over the samples to Russian experts. Putin also called for joint work on the case by German and Russian doctors.
Russian authorities have provoked Germany to share the evidence, leading to the conclusion “without a doubt” that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok. Berlin has rejected Moscow’s suggestion that it be pulling at its heels.
Asked why no specimen of Navalny has been given to Russia, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahar replied that “Mr. Navalny was under Russian treatment in a hospital for 48 hours.”
Once he became ill, Navalny was treated at a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk, where Russian doctors said no evidence of poison could be found and claimed that his transfer was untenable. A German charity had sent a medical evacuation plane to bring him to Berlin for treatment, which was said by German doctors to be enough to move him.
“There are specimens on the Russian side from Mr. Navalny,” Adibhar said. “The Russian side is called upon, even though three independent laboratories have established the results, to explain themselves, and Russia has … all the information and all the samples it needs for analysis.”
Navalny was placed in an induced coma for more than a week, as hospital officials said a week earlier that she was moved out of the hospital as her condition improved.
Frank Jordan in Berlin, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Sylvie Korbet in Paris and Jan M in Copenhagen, Denmark. Olsen contributed to this report.