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French, Swedish Labs Confirm Navalny's Novichok Poisoning, Germany Says

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French, Swedish Labs Confirm Navalny's Novichok Poisoning, Germany Says

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9/14/20
Three labs have independently confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent, Germany said Monday, renewing calls for Russia to explain the incident. Germany said earlier this month it had “unquestionable proof” that Navalny, 44, was poisoned with Novichok when he fell ill after boarding a flight in Siberia on Aug. 20. Navalny was flown to Berlin in a coma after two days of treatment in the Siberian city of Omsk, where doctors say they have seen no traces of poison. The German government said in a statement that it sought independent analysis of Navalny’s samples from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as well as specialized laboratories in France and Sweden. “Independent of the ongoing OPCW investigations, three laboratories have now independently demonstrated the presence of a nerve agent from the Novichok group as the cause of Mr. Navalny’s poisoning,” it said. “We renew the call for Russia to explain itself,” the German government added. Moscow has rejected suggestions that it was responsible for Navalny’s poisoning and dismissed calls to launch a criminal investigation into the incident. The Russian government has complained that Germany has been ignoring its request to see the evidence that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok.

Laboratories in Germany, Switzerland, and France have verified Novichok as the cause of Mr. Navalny's illness. The OPCW is also investigating.

Moscow does indeed have much explaining to do.

Related: Germany Says Two Independent Foreign Labs Confirm Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok
 

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I would not hold your breath waiting for that explanation, just saying.
 

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i would like to know how a deadly nerve gas, has killed one person out of the many who have been exposed to it with none being the intended targets
 

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i would like to know how a deadly nerve gas, has killed one person out of the many who have been exposed to it with none being the intended targets

Novichok has been employed in assassinations as a solid/liquid, not as a gas. Germany says this is a new derivative of Novichok, designed to work over a longer period of time.

Without the Berlin airlift and German medical expertise, Navalny would certainly have died in Tomsk, Russia.
 

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