Selin ATAY-TDO- The Kremlin said on Tuesday it saw no need for now to investigate circumstances leading up to opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s grave illness. According to Kremlin, a German clinic’s initial diagnosis of poisoning was not yet conclusive.
After German doctors found indications of a toxic substance in Navalny’s body, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an investigation and for Kremlin to hold the perpetrators accountable.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the German clinic had not conclusively identified the substance behind Navalny’s illness and that it was unclear why German doctors were “rushing” to use the word “poisoning.”
“There must be a reason for an investigation. For the moment, all you and I see is that the patient is in a coma,” Kremlin spokesperson told reporters.
The Russian foreign ministry said the alleged poisoning was not of benefit to the country’s leadership.
Kremlin spokesman added that any suggestions that Putin was somehow involved in Navalny’s illness were untrue and “hot air” that the Kremlin would not take seriously.
If poisoning was definitively established as the cause, “then of course, this will be a reason for an investigation.”, spokesman Peskov said.
In response to the Kremlin’s statements, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said it was “obvious the crime wouldn’t be investigated properly and the criminal found.”