German doctors' initial diagnosis of poisoning is not yet conclusive, the Kremlin says. Sure.
In what is one of the least surprising news developments of 2020, the Kremlin is resisting calls to investigate the mysterious illness that befell noted Putin critic Aleksei Navalny, and why would you even think that it was a poisoning, that's such a crazy thing to say.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to investigate the suspected poisoning and to hold the perpetrators accountable after German doctors found indications of a toxic substance in his body. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the German clinic had not conclusively identified the substance behind Navalny's illness and that it was unclear why German doctors were "rushing" to use the word poisoning.
"There must be a reason for an investigation. For the moment, all you and I see is that the patient is in a coma," Peskov told reporters on a conference call. He added that if poisoning was definitively established as the cause, then an investigation would be launched.