Kremlin Says No Basis Yet for Investigation of Alexey Navalny Illness

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a demonstration in Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a demonstration in Moscow

Peskov said doctors at the Omsk hospital had battled for three days on Navalny's treatment and had possibly saved his life.

"These accusations absolutely can not be true and are, rather, an empty noise", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday. "This version was among the first to be considered by our doctors, but, I repeat, the exact substance has not been determined", Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Navalny's spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, on Tuesday said the government's reluctance to launch an investigation was expected.

The United States has joined France and Germany in calling for an immediate investigation to hold those responsible to account.

Russian Federation has not opened a criminal investigation into the poisoning and Peskov said there was "no pretext" for this until the toxin is identified.

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"We can't take these accusations seriously", Peskov said.

Navalny is being treated with the antidote atropine, the hospital said.

"We count on that German doctors will exercise an equally professional attitude and prevent their lab tests from being used for any politicized purposes", the ministry said.

After the meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Biegun warned Russian diplomats that if Navalny's poisoning is confirmed, the USA could take steps that will exceed Washington's response to evidence of Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament on Tuesday ordered one of its committees to probe whether foreign forces were behind the alleged poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a bid to fuel tensions in Russian Federation.

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"The clinical findings indicate intoxication by a substance from the group of active substances called cholinesterase inhibitors", a statement by the Charite hospital said.

"We received definitive answers from two laboratories, which said they did not detect any chemical or toxic substances they could describe as poisons or poisoning products", Kalinichenko said.

The chief toxicologist at the Omsk hospital, Alexander Sabayev, had said on Monday that Navalny tested negative for cholinesterase inhibitors.

"The patient is being treated in intensive care and remains in medically induced coma". Russian Federation refused to extradite the chief suspect, Andrei Lugovoi. While it was not immediately clear exactly what substance was used to poison the Kremlin critic, the hospital said the effect of the toxin, which blocks cholinesterase, an enzyme needed for the proper functioning of the nervous system, was confirmed several times by independent labs.

Merkel is calling on Russian officials to carry a full investigation of the poisoning of Navalny.

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