Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint press convention along with his Croatia’s counterpart following their talks in Zagreb on December 16, 2020. (Photo by Handout / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / AFP)
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday denied latest media investigations that alleged the nation’s Federal Security Service (FSB) had adopted and poisoned opposition chief Alexei Navalny.
“All this news is funny to read. But the manner in which this news is presented says only one thing: that our Western partners lack any ethical standards,” Lavrov stated.
Several European labs in September concluded that Navalny, 44, was poisoned after he fell sick on a flight from Siberia to Moscow in August earlier than being transported by medical plane to Berlin.
A joint investigation printed earlier this week by a number of media shops claimed FSB chemical weapons consultants had adopted Navalny for years, together with on the day he was poisoned.
The investigative web site Bellingcat along with CNN, Russian web site The Insider and Germany’s Der Spiegel on Monday printed names and images of the lads who allegedly tailed Navalny.
Their investigation concluded that the lads they’d recognized are specialists in nerve brokers and toxins, together with the Soviet-designed poison Novichok. European international locations say this was the poison used in opposition to Navalny, Russia’s most outstanding Kremlin critic.
Speaking throughout a go to to the Croatian capital Zagreb, Lavrov stated the media experiences proved Western international locations’ “lack of any skills for normal diplomatic work and an unwillingness to comply with international legal norms when it comes to establishing facts”.
He added that Russia has grown used to accusations by means of the media, alluding to latest experiences that the US authorities had been focused by hackers with ties to Russia.
“We are already accustomed to the fact that the United States and other Western countries simply announce in the media the latest accusations about Russia,” Lavrov stated.
The joint report on Navalny doesn’t set up any direct contact between the Kremlin critic and the named brokers, and Russia has flatly denied any position in his sickness.
The European Union has imposed entry bans and frozen the financial institution accounts of six individuals suspected of being accountable, together with FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov.
The 44-year-old opposition chief has stated he’ll return to Russia as soon as he has made a full restoration in Germany.