He said the case was “tragic” but urged journalists to focus instead on China, which he said posed a greater threat to the world than Russia. NATO and Germany say there is “unquestionable evidence” that Navalny was attacked with Novichok nerve gas. His team says he was poisoned by order of the Kremlin. Russia denies this.
Navalny, an anti-corruption activist who has long been the most prominent face of Russia’s opposition to President Vladimir Putin, is in a coma in a Berlin hospital after being flown from Siberia, where he fell ill.
Speaking at a press event on Friday, he said he had not seen evidence of poisoning in the case. “So I don’t know exactly what happened. I think it’s tragic, it’s horrible, and it shouldn’t happen. We don’t have any evidence yet, but I’ll take a look,” he said. He also did not criticize Putin, saying Beijing poses a greater threat.
He said: “It is interesting that everyone always mentions Russia and I don’t mind if you mention Russia, but I think it is possible that China is now a nation that they should talk about a lot.” Tests in a military laboratory in Germany showed “beyond any doubt” the presence of Novichok nerve gas, according to the German government and NATO.
On Friday, NATO requested Russia to release the Novichok nerve gas program to international observers. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the members were united in condemning the “horrific” attack on Navalny.
He fell ill last month while traveling from Siberia to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, and Russian officials were convinced to allow it to be flown to Germany two days later.
A nerve agent from the Novichok group identified by Germany in the Navalny case was also used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK in 2018. Both survived, but a local woman, Don Sturgess, died after being contacted. Poison.
Britain accused the Russian Military Intelligence of carrying out this attack in Salisbury. As part of a coordinated response, 20 countries expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats and spies. Russia has denied any involvement.