The German authorities have long agreed to satisfy the request of the Russian side for legal assistance in the case of the poisoning of oppositionist Alexey Navalny, and Russia continues to create вЂњsmoke screensвЂќ. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on the ARD TV channel on the evening of September 6, DW reports.
вЂњWe also, when last week we talked to the Ambassador of Russia (in Berlin, Sergei Nechaev), said this in response to his request,вЂќ said the head of the German Foreign Ministry.
He also emphasized that Germany has no reason to refuse Moscow in such a request.
Accusations of Russia's representatives of Germany in delaying the answer Maas called вЂњanother smokescreenвЂќ.
вЂњWe have already seen such (smoke screens) in recent days. And I'm afraid others will follow in the coming days,вЂќ he said.
Germany, according to the head of the Foreign Ministry, is also waiting for the results of the survey of Alexey Navalny in Omsk.
In response, Russian Foreign Ministry speaker Maria Zakharova again accused Berlin of delaying the investigation into the poisoning of opposition activist Alexey Navalny. She claims that the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office in Germany was never answered.
вЂњSo far, there is no certainty that Germany is not playing a double game,вЂќ Zakharova wrote in particular on Facebook.
Earlier German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas stated that there were many evidences of the involvement of Russian authorities in Alexey Navalny's poisoning and Germany and its partners are preparing an answer in case Moscow doesn't contribute to the investigation in the nearest days.
Besides, on September 6 German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer stated that she was ready to discuss sanctions against Russia including the one concerning the unfinished gas pipeline вЂњNord Stream 2вЂќ due to the poisoning of a Russian opposition member.