Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, European labs confirm

Laboratories in France and Sweden have now confirmed a German military lab's finding: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.

The German government announced the confirmation of their previous findings on Monday. The Kremlin continues to deny involvement in the attempted assassination of Putin's top critic.

The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is taking steps to have Navalny's biosamples tested at its laboratories, reports AP:

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert also said that "Independently of the ongoing examinations by the OPCW, three laboratories have now confirmed independently of one another the proof of a nerve agent of the Novichok group as the cause of Mr. Navalny's poisoning," Seibert said in a statement.

He said Germany had asked France and Sweden for an "independent review" of the German findings. German officials said labs in both countries, as well as the OPCW, took their own new samples.

(…) Seibert on Monday renewed Germany's demand that "Russia explain itself" on the matter. He added that "we are in close consultation with our European partners on further steps."

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