Statement by the Federal Government on the Navalny case

At the request of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, a specialist Bundeswehr laboratory carried out toxicological tests on samples from Alexei Navalny. The results of these tests have revealed unequivocal proof of the presence of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group. Alexei Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin for medical treatment on 22 August, exhibiting symptoms of poisoning.

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht, Federal Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the Head of the Federal Chancellery, Prof. Helge Braun, discussed the matter early this afternoon and agreed on further steps.

The fact that Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia is shocking.

The Federal Government condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms.

The Russian Government is urgently called upon to make a statement on the incident.

Mrs Navalny and the doctors treating Alexei Navalny were informed about the results of the tests.

The Federal Foreign Office will inform the Russian Ambassador about the results of the tests.

The Federal Government will inform its partners in the EU and NATO about the results of the tests through the usual channels via the Federal Foreign Office. It will discuss an appropriate joint response with its partners in the light of Russia’s pronouncements.

The Federal Government will also contact the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The Federal Government will inform the parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag.

We hope that Alexei Navalny will make a full recovery.