In the case of Alexei Navalny there is no peace. In a statement Russia accuses Germany of a “massive disinformation campaign”. From the German side it is said that Russia is a threat to security.
In the dispute over the poison attack on Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny, Russia has again raised allegations against the German government. Germany and its allies wanted to use the “so-called poisoning” to put Russia under political pressure and sanctions with the help of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), according to a statement by the Russian delegation to the OPCW.
The written declaration was published by the organization in parallel with the opening of the 25th Conference of OPCW Contracting States on Monday in The Hague. Germany operates “megaphone diplomacy,” it says. By calling for an investigation by the OPCW, it “unleashed a massive disinformation campaign against Russia”.
Germany: Russia endangers “common security”
In contrast, Germany’s declaration, also published by the OPCW, states that the use of a nerve gas against Navalny on August 20 “endangers the integrity of the Chemical Weapons Convention and our common security”. At the same time Moscow is asked to “reveal the circumstances of the chemical weapons attack against a Russian citizen on Russian soil”.
Due to the corona pandemic, the OPCW conference will initially take place as a two-day online meeting until December 1st. This includes the work program and the budget of the organization for 2021. A second part of the conference should follow by the end of April next year at the latest.
Alexei Navalny collapsed on a domestic flight in Russia in August. After an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk, he was transferred to the Berlin Charité at the urging of his family. He is said to have been poisoned with a chemical nerve agent developed in Russia by the Novichok group. He was now able to leave the hospital.