Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov responded to accusations by the State Department that Moscow is allegedly guilty of using chemical weapons.
Antonov stressed that this is not the first time they make “sweeping accusations” against Russia abroad. He recalled that they are not supported by actual evidence.
“We have repeatedly asked our foreign partners to share information and offered to establish a professional dialogue in order to clarify the truth. However, our appeals continue to go unanswered,” the diplomat said. He noted that Moscow has completely eliminated stockpiles of chemical warfare agents and this has been confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. At the same time the United States has still not fulfilled its obligation.
Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that Washington was investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons against Alexei Navalny.
Alexei Navalny’s health deteriorated sharply during his flight from Tomsk to Moscow on August 20 and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. On August 22, the opposition leader was taken to a clinic in Berlin, where experts said that he had found traces of a Novichok substance in his body. Russian doctors, who also conducted tests, found no poisons. After his recovery, Navalny claimed that the Russian leadership was involved in his poisoning.