KREMLIN: NAVALNY FREE TO LEAVE RUSSIA AND RETURN, LIKE ANY OTHER CITIZEN


16/09/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Alexey Navalny is free to leave the country and return back at his own will, just like any other citizen, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in the capital Moscow, a Kremlin spokesman answered question about the alleged poisoning of Alexei Navalny, who has been evacuated to a hospital in Berlin to be treated for suspected poisoning.

Answering a question whether the Kremlin is happy about the Navalny’s decision, considering the wide international resonance over the incident, the spokesman underscored that "if a Russian citizen gets well, gets his health fixed, then, of course, everyone is happy."

"We are talking about a human life, saved by the Omsk medics. If some negative consequences in terms of health will be fixed by the Berlin medics, then, of course, everyone will be happy," he added.

"We do not understand why Russian experts were not given such an opportunity," Peskov said, recalling that toxicological tests were carried out by Navalny in laboratories in France and Sweden. On the other hand, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SRV) argued that Navalny's toxic tests were carried out in his country and that no toxic substances were found.

Peskov also addressed the cancellation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Germany. The Kremlin spokesman said there was no need for a visit and there were no reasons that would have negative effect on bilateral relations.

However, Peskov said that the Kremlin does not follow changes in Navalny’s health closely. "We can't monitor changes in Navalny’s condition, we do not have such an opportunity," he said.

Previously, it was reported that Navalny has no plans to emigrate to Germany, and would like to return to Russia instead and continue his work. According to the newspaper source, while talking to the German prosecutor’s office, Navalny refused to cooperate with the investigation of his incident.


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