Friday, October 23, 2020

Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital


FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny goes downstairs at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, in this undated image obtained from social media September 19, 2020. Courtesy of Instagram @NAVALNY/Social Media via REUTERS/File photo

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny while he was undergoing treatment in a Berlin hospital for poisoning, Der Spiegel reported, underscoring how seriously she is taking the case.

Citing no sources, Spiegel said Merkel went to see Navalny in the Charite hospital, where he received treatment for 32 days, after being flown from Russia to Berlin last month after falling ill on a domestic flight.

A spokesman for Merkel declined to comment on the report.

The German government says tests in Germany, France and Sweden have determined he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent and has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin.

Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident and said it has yet to see evidence of a crime.