German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer expressed confidence that Russian politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned.
At the meeting with Juri Luik, head of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, she spoke about Navalny’s health condition and noted that based on the assessment of German doctors, she was “fully confident that Navalny was poisoned. “Doctors are now trying to establish what kind of poison they are dealing with,” the press service of the Estonian Ministry of Defence quoted her as saying. “At present, it is impossible to determine how many long-term consequences (poisoning) can accompany him,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said.
Luik, in turn, said that “this is yet another sad example of Russia’s contemptuous attitude towards human life and democratic freedoms.
European Union defense ministers meet in Berlin on Wednesday in a regular format for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, university clinic Charite, where Navalny is located, said that the clinical picture of Navalny indicates that the patient was poisoned with a substance from a group of cholinesterase inhibitors. The Omsk hospital, where the opposition activist was first hospitalized, said that Navalny had no cholinesterase inhibitor in his system and asked him to explain the conclusion about the politician’s poisoning.
Meanwhile, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov stated on August 26 that the allegations of Navalny’s poisoning were premature until the poisoning agent was found. The same thing he said the day before. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in its turn, stated that the intentional poisoning of Navalny was unprofitable for the Russian leadership.
On August 20, Navalny lost consciousness in a plane flying from Tomsk to Moscow. The liner landed in Omsk airport in an emergency. The opposition man was hospitalized in a coma in the intensive care unit of Omsk hospital. In the morning of August 22, he was transferred to Germany for treatment and taken to Berlin’s Charite University Hospital.