The Kremlin has accused Navalny’s associates of removing potential evidence

The Kremlin said on Friday that Russia's ability to investigate the alleged poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny was "limited" and accused his colleagues of taking possible evidence outside the country.

The Kremlin has accused Navalny’s associates of removing potential evidence

Members of Navalny's team said Thursday that German experts found a Soviet-made designer nerve agent, Novichok, in a water bottle taken from a Siberian hotel room where the Kremlin had been ill before the enemy fell ill last month.

The bottle appears to be key evidence of Germany's conclusion that President Vladimir Putin's 44-year-old correspondent was poisoned by illicit chemical weapons.

On Friday, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated complaints that Moscow's hands were tied’ because Germany had not yet shared its findings with Russia and accused Navalny's associates of removing possible evidence.

"Unfortunately, our ability to conduct an investigation is really limited," Peskov told reporters.

"If the bottle had been there, it would have been taken somewhere in Germany," he said. Unfortunately, what could have been a piece of evidence to prove the poison was taken’ out.

Another question is why? "

But he also lamented Germany's findings, saying it would not be possible to take the nerve agent-identifying bottle out of the country because the person had "no time" because the substance was toxic. Will be.

Navalny's team collected the bottle and other items from her room on August 20 upon hearing the news of her illness.

The team said it was clear that the Russian leadership would not be interested’ in conducting a proper investigation.

Russia has denied "uncertain claims" about the incident, saying its doctors had found no trace of the toxin.

Navalny is being treated in a Berlin hospital and said on Tuesday that he was breathing for the first time without medical’ attention.


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