The Kremlin is waiting for Germany to announce soon information regarding the poisoning of Russian dissident Alesky Navalny.
The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Monday, according to the official Russian news agency RIA Novosti, that given the ongoing controversy over the issue, Moscow is waiting for details about the incident in the coming days.
On Sunday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas rejected Russian allegations that Germany is delaying investigations into the Navalny case, who is currently undergoing treatment at the Charité Hospital in Berlin.
During an interview with the German “ARD” media network, Maas said that Germany had already confirmed that it would accept a Russian request for legal aid in this regard and informed the Russian ambassador about it, adding: “There is absolutely no reason not to agree to this matter”.
The Prosecutor General in Russia applied for legal aid to Germany.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said recently that she would cooperate with Berlin on the investigation, but she accused the German authorities of delaying it, explaining that the German side “must show practical action,” adding that a request from the Prosecutor-General has not yet been answered.
However, Maas described the allegations as a “smokescreen,” saying that Germany “will grant any necessary approvals for the exchange of information regarding the request for legal aid”.
Last Friday, the Berlin Attorney General confirmed that the justice authorities are currently reviewing a similar request from the Russian authorities.
The Kremlin denies any involvement in the sudden deterioration of Navalny’s health, who is currently in a coma and is being treated at the Charité Hospital in Berlin after he was evacuated from the Russian city of Omsk two weeks ago.
Toxicology tests conducted in a German army laboratory showed that Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve gas Novichok.
Peskov spoke today again of “vain attempts” to link the Russian leadership to this incident.
Internationally, there is increasing pressure on Russia to investigate the poisoning of the Russian opposition.
To date, “preliminary investigations” are still being conducted.