KREMLIN WANTS TO SEND INVESTIGATORS TO GERMANY IN NAVALNY CASE


12/09/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Moscow would ask to send investigators to Germany in the case of Alexei Navalny, a proposal all but certain to be brushed off by Berlin.

The Kremlin has been facing calls from the western countries for lawful action to punish Russia unless it provides an explanation for what Berlin has called an attempt to murder President Vladimir Putin’s highest-profile critic.

Following the reports that Navalny had emerged from a coma, Russia wanted to send investigators to work alongside German colleagues on the case, the transport department of Russia's interior ministry in Siberia said in a statement.

In a statament, the ministry said "This request will include an application for the possible presence of Russian internal affairs investigators... and a Russian specialist when German colleagues are conducting investigations with Navalny, doctors and experts".

Berlin had received no such request from the Russian authorities so far, a German government spokesman said.

Even tough German doctors who provided treatment for Navalny, say he was posined with a Russian nerve agent, Russia has not opened a criminal investigation and is sticking to its position that it would first need hard evidence from Germany that he was poisoned.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that German accusations over the case were "groundless".

"Of course, we do not like it when other countries dictate to us what legal procedures we have at what point and on what basis to start them," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Peskov said Moscow cannot open a criminal investigation on the basis of analysis by a German laboratory, it is impossible.


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