Deputy of the faction “Alternative for Germany” in the Bundestag Pyotr Bystron criticized the official position of Berlin on the situation with Alexei Navalny in an interview with “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.
Germany’s actions mark a new low point in German foreign policy during the reign of Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said. “Groundless condemnation of Russia without any evidence, along with the refusal of Moscow’s proposals to cooperate in the investigation of the Navalny case, is an attack on Russia,” the politician said.
Bystron added that Germany’s relations with Russia are “close to disaster.”
On November 12, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow had imposed sanctions against Germany and France over the Navalny case. He clarified that the restrictions concern, among other things, the apparatus of the FRG leadership. The Russian side will soon notify the European partners of this decision.
The state of health of Alexei Navalny sharply deteriorated on the morning of August 20 during the flight from Tomsk to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. On August 22, the oppositionist was taken to a Berlin clinic. German experts said that traces of a substance from the Novichok group were found in his body. At the same time, Russian doctors did not find any poisons in Navalny’s body.
On October 15, the European Union imposed sanctions against six Russians due to the situation with the oppositionist. In particular, the FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Russian president’s internal policy department Andrei Yarin and others fell under the restrictions. They are banned from entering the EU, and their financial assets in European banks are frozen. Also, sanctions were imposed on the State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT).