Russia will respond to Western sanctions over the situation with Alexei Navalny if they agree to such measures. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“Nobody canceled the principle of reciprocity in international affairs,”Sergei Lavrov.
The head of Russian diplomacy stressed that Moscow would appreciate the actions of the Western states and then react. According to him, such decisions cannot be left unanswered.
Alexei Navalny’s condition worsened on August 20 on board an aircraft flying from Tomsk to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, after which the oppositionist was taken to hospital and placed in intensive care. Omsk doctors diagnosed him with metabolic disorders, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar levels. It was not possible to find out what caused this condition. Doctors emphasize that they considered the version of poisoning, but no confirmation of this hypothesis was found in the patient’s analyzes.
After that, Navalny was taken to Germany. The German government, citing military experts, reported that the oppositionist had been poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of toxic warfare agents. In this connection, the Kremlin stated that Berlin had not informed Moscow of its conclusions, and the Foreign Ministry noted that Russia was expecting a response from Germany to an official inquiry on this situation.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow is interested and wants to clarify the situation, and this requires information from Berlin, which is not yet available.
He added that the investigative actions on the situation with Navalny are de facto going on, and if the presence of the poisonous substance is confirmed, then the investigation will begin de jure.
On Monday, the Berlin clinic Charite reported that Navalny’s condition improved and he was brought out of a coma.
Germany has asked the OPCW to investigate the incident with Navalny. Russian representative to the organization, Alexander Shulgin, expressed the hope that now Germany will present data on the basis of which conclusions were drawn about the poisoning of the oppositionist. At the same time, he stressed that Berlin’s reluctance to share this information under the guise of a state secret is contrary to the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention.