Navalny’s team says traces of Novichok nerve agent found in his hotel room
OPCW: traces found in Navalny’s blood &# 171; Newbie&# 187;
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Blood samples taken from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny confirmed the presence of a nerve agent from the Novichok group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Tuesday.
The OPCW said in a statement that the biomarkers in Navalny’s blood and urine samples have “structural characteristics similar to those of toxic chemicals belonging” to the Novichok group.
This confirms the findings of Germany, where Navalny received treatment. Berlin asked the OPCW to take samples from Navalny and test them after German doctors concluded that he was poisoned by Novichok.
Western states have called for sanctions against Moscow in connection with the poisoning of Navalny. Russia denies any involvement and expresses doubts that the oppositionist was poisoned.
“There is no doubt that a nerve agent was used in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. "Newbie", – wrote in "Twitter" British delegation to the OPCW. “Any use of banned chemical weapons is a matter of serious concern.”.
The Novichok substance, developed in the USSR, was also used in the 2018 assassination attempt on a former Russian agent in England. Last year, OPCW member states agreed to ban Novice chemicals. The ban came into force four months ago.
On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it called the conclusion of the OPCW – a continuation of the story made “according to a pre-planned conspiracy scenario.” Moscow claims that “the forthcoming joint work of Russian specialized specialists with experts from the OPCW will allow for a calm, depoliticized interaction and avoid further escalating the situation around this issue.”.
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