Moscow accuses Berlin of delaying investigations into Navalni case

The Russian government has accused the German authorities of “slowing down” the investigations into the case of the opposition Alexei Navalni, ensuring that the German Ministry of Justice has not yet responded to a request made by the Russian Prosecutor’s Office.

The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, has suggested this Sunday in statements to journalists that ehe Angela Merkel’s government could be “playing a double game”. “By not responding, Berlin is slowing down the investigation it requests,” he asserted, according to the Sputnik news agency.

Zajarova has spoken hours after the publication of an interview in which the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, threatens to take measures against Moscow if he does not give explanations about the alleged poisoning of Navalni. Maas, who has spoken for the daily ‘Bild am Sonntag’, has called for progress “in the coming days.”

“If these statements by the German Government are sincere, then the Government itself should be interested in preparing as soon as possible a response to the request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office”Zajarova responded, claiming that the request for legal assistance would be pending since August 27.

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The German minister has claimed that Navalni was the victim of an “attack carried out with a deadly chemical substance banned on a global scale”, after doctors at the Charité hospital in Berlin found evidence that the opposition leader was poisoned with a nerve agent from the group Novichok.

Given the possibility that Russia is behind the poisoning, Maas has argued that “many things indicate it.” “We trust that Russia will investigate this serious crime and, if it has nothing to do with the attack, that it will show its arguments,” he said.

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