Russia declared this week it ‘sees no reason’ to blame the Navalny poisoning on the Russian state. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke in -depth about the matter to reporters.
“I would choose words carefully when speaking about accusations against the Russian state because there are no accusations at the moment and there is no reason to accuse the Russian state,” he pointed out. “We aren’t inclined to accept any accusations in this regard,” the Russian presidential spokesman added, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
Peskov said that he did not see people and forces in Russia that could benefit from the suspected poisoning of Navalny.
“I cannot answer your question who could benefit from that person’s poisoning. As a matter of fact, I don’t think that anyone could stand to gain from that, if one just takes a sober look at things,” Peskov said.
“We certainly would not like our partners in Germany and other European countries to jump to conclusions and make assessments,” Peskov noted, adding that Moscow would like to maintain the dialogue on the issue with them.
“We are undoubtedly interested in determining the cause of what happened to the Berlin patient. Our investigative agencies conduct all necessary inspections. The information from Germany would definitely help those inspections. So far, we have received no information but we hope that this will happen shortly,” Peskov said.
This week German authorities declared Navalny was definitely poisoned with the Soviet-developed nerve agent Novichok.
“Russian Prosecutor General’s Office filed a request of legal aid to Berlin, which was received by Germany. There has been no response yet,” he said, adding that “during the conversation at the Foreign Ministry, our Ambassador in Berlin has not been presented with any exact information on the German specialists’ examinations, which led them to the conclusion about the poisoning.”
“Everyone has been clarifying the situation [of Navalny], both in the Kremlin and at the level of our specialists. One has to be deaf not to hear that,” he said.
“We don’t have information from our colleagues in Berlin. After all tests, which were carried out, all biological samples and so on, our specialists – these are doctors and toxicologists – did not find any toxic agents,” Peskov said answering a question if the Kremlin saw any grounds for launching criminal investigation after Germany announced its conclusions on the incident with Navalny.
“We see no reasons why the head of state [Putin] should make any special statements,” Peskov said.
“Without knowing what the results are we are unable to make comments,” Peskov said.
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