Mechanical ventilation to Navalny is being turned off and she is responding to verbal stimuli, said Berlin-based Charity Hospital. “It is too early to estimate the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning,” the hospital added.
A critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin fell ill after being poisoned on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow on August 20.
The German government said last week that tests on the novel showed “clear evidence” of use. Chemical nerve agent of the Soviet-era Novichok group.
The attack on Naval was met with widespread international condemnation, while the Kremlin is facing global unrest over Russia’s role in the incident.
Navalny’s team has directly blamed Putin.
“In 2020, poisoning Navalny with Navlikok was like leaving an autograph at the crime scene,” Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s chief of staff, wrote on a photograph of Putin’s signature after the poisoning.
Novichok agents are so unusual that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience dealing with them.
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union secretly developed the first lethal chemical weapons. Even today, no country outside of Russia is believed to have developed group objects.
Novelty poisons and questions over the role of the state can dramatically change relations between Berlin and Moscow.
In an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Masse did not refuse to freeze the European-Russian gas pipeline project – Nord Stream 2 – in response to the incident.
The trend was reiterated by a German government spokesman on Monday.
“Chancellor [Angela Merkel] Government spokesman Stephen Seibert said during a press conference that the foreign minister’s language was endorsed.
Last week, Merkel said Germany’s response to the attack on Navalny would depend on the extent to which Russia provides answers to who could be behind the poisoning.
While Seibert did not give a timeline for such an answer on Monday, he made it clear that Germany’s patience is not infinite.
He said, ‘I can’t comment on any time frames, unless we’re talking for months or the end of the year.
The Russian government, meanwhile, has said it is waiting for more information from Berlin before launching an investigation into Navalny’s poisoning. Germany has denied the allegations.
“All the evidence, witnesses, marks, etc. are located at the place where the crime took place. Probably somewhere in Siberia,” German Foreign Ministry spokesman Christopher Berger said on Monday.
Burger added, “The allegation on the part of Germany that the progress of the investigation is stalled is therefore not valid, as Russia is ready and could start an investigation at any time without Germany if it is interested.”
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