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Germany: Berlin confirms Russia's request for mutual legal assistance on Navalny case02:11

Germany: Berlin confirms Russia's request for mutual legal assistance on Navalny case

Germany, Berlin
September 4, 2020 at 12:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

A spokesperson for the German Ministry of Justice confirmed on Friday that Russia's request for mutual legal assistance on Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny was sent to Berlin on August 27.

"On August 27, the Russian attorney general submitted a request to the Federal Office of Justice for mutual judicial assistance. The Federal Government consented to the request for legal assistance. The request has been forwarded by the Ministry of Justice to the justice department in Berlin today in the morning. As usual, we can't comment on any cooperation work regarding internal matters of the investigation," said Dr Ariane Keitel, German Ministry of Justice spokesperson.

She confirmed that any possible examination results and tests, as well as other details of the investigation, could be handed over to the Russian side upon a final decision of the Ministry of Justice and Foreign Ministry.

Moreover, government spokesperson Steffen Seibert called the statement of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on a falsification in Navalny's case "obviously untrue."

On Thursday, Lukashenko claimed that Germany's statement about Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny's poisoning is fake, speaking in Minsk at a meeting with Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

The day earlier, Germany announced that tests conducted on Navalny showed the Kremlin critic had been attacked with the nerve agent Novichok.

On the same evening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a press conference that Navalny was "the victim of a crime" and that "there are very difficult questions which only the Russian government can and must answer."

The Kremlin has rejected Germany's accusations that Russia was to blame, with Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov commenting it saw no grounds for sanctions to be imposed against it over Navalny's case.

Germany: Berlin confirms Russia's request for mutual legal assistance on Navalny case02:11
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A spokesperson for the German Ministry of Justice confirmed on Friday that Russia's request for mutual legal assistance on Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny was sent to Berlin on August 27.

"On August 27, the Russian attorney general submitted a request to the Federal Office of Justice for mutual judicial assistance. The Federal Government consented to the request for legal assistance. The request has been forwarded by the Ministry of Justice to the justice department in Berlin today in the morning. As usual, we can't comment on any cooperation work regarding internal matters of the investigation," said Dr Ariane Keitel, German Ministry of Justice spokesperson.

She confirmed that any possible examination results and tests, as well as other details of the investigation, could be handed over to the Russian side upon a final decision of the Ministry of Justice and Foreign Ministry.

Moreover, government spokesperson Steffen Seibert called the statement of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on a falsification in Navalny's case "obviously untrue."

On Thursday, Lukashenko claimed that Germany's statement about Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny's poisoning is fake, speaking in Minsk at a meeting with Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

The day earlier, Germany announced that tests conducted on Navalny showed the Kremlin critic had been attacked with the nerve agent Novichok.

On the same evening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a press conference that Navalny was "the victim of a crime" and that "there are very difficult questions which only the Russian government can and must answer."

The Kremlin has rejected Germany's accusations that Russia was to blame, with Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov commenting it saw no grounds for sanctions to be imposed against it over Navalny's case.

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