3 Sep 2020 17:06

No reason for accusations against Russian state - Peskov on Navalny situation

MOSCOW. Sept 3 (Interfax) - There are absolutely no grounds to accuse the Russian state of being involved in the poisoning of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"I'd rather be careful about speaking of accusations against the Russian state. After all, there are no such accusations, and there are no grounds whatsoever to accuse the Russian state," Peskov said, adding, "We aren't inclined to accept any accusations in this context."

Peskov noted that the Russian Prosecutor General's Office has filed a request for legal assistance from Germany. Berlin has received the request, "but has not given an answer thus far," he said.

The Russian ambassador in Berlin was not given any concrete information about the results of the studies carried out by German specialists which led to the conclusions on Navalny being poisoned, Peskov said.

"We're interested in establishing the cause of what has happened to the Berlin patient. Our investigative agencies are undertaking relevant procedures, and information from the German side could definitely help their activity. We haven't received any information so far. Hopefully, that will happen in the near future," Peskov said.

Before Navalny was airlifted to Berlin, "he underwent numerous tests and examinations, but no poisonous substances were found," he said.

Information from Germany "will help establish the cause of the patient's condition," Peskov said.