MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. The German government should carefully examine any newly emerged facts in the so-called case of blogger Alexey Navalny, including the testimony of doctor Philipp Jacoby if confirmed, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
The diplomat stressed that Moscow cannot judge the credibility of Jacoby’s statements. Among other things, he said that Navalny’s associate Maria Pevchikh asked the doctor to transport some water bottles in her luggage, and the latter mentioned the alleged doctors’ instructions from the Charite hospital not to give atropine to Navalny. "Nevertheless, the quoted Jacoby’s statements coincide in many respects with our own doubts concerning numerous dark spots in the case of the alleged Navalny’s poisoning," Zakharova added. "We believe and reiterate that any newly emerged facts in the case of the so-called poisoning of Navalny, including the testimony of Philipp Jacoby, if confirmed, should become the subject of the closest examination. I would like the German government to pay its attention to this".
Moscow has repeatedly tried to draw attention to discrepancies in the Navalny case and Pevchikh’s role in it, Zakharova recalled. Meanwhile, eight requests of the Russia’s Prosecutor General to the German law enforcement agencies went unanswered. "It is necessary to shed light on the origins of this orchestrated anti-Russian provocation that has already caused significant damage to our bilateral relations with Germany. We will continue to seek the truth with all the ways, opportunities and means available to us. But only the German side can answer these numerous questions, and we are waiting for it," the diplomat concluded.
Navalny was rushed to a local hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk on August 20, 2020 after collapsing on the Tomsk-Moscow flight. Later he was airlifted to the Charite hospital in Berlin. On September 2, 2020 the German government claimed that Navalny had been poisoned with a Novichok-type toxic agent. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later that before Navalny was transferred to Berlin, no toxic substances had been found in his body.