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Navalny Novichok Hoax the Latest Invented Pretext to Bash Russia

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Navalny Novichok Hoax the Latest Invented Pretext to Bash Russia

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was asked if the Navalny incident will be a "driver of new anti-Russia sanctions?"

He explained that if Navalny's illness hadn't occurred, the West "would have invented something else as a pretext for additional (unlawful) sanctions," adding:

"For this situation, (the West) ha(s) simply gone beyond the pale, beyond any sense." 

"(T)hey demand that we 'confess' " to a non-crime, to something Moscow had nothing to do with. No evidence suggests it. 

"We are asked: Don't you believe the Bundeswehr's German specialists? How is it possible?" 

"Their (lab) conclusions have been confirmed by the French and Swedes. Don't you believe them, either?"

Lavrov explained as he did before that on August 27, Russia's Prosecutor General's Office asked Berlin to provide documented evidence — confirmed by Navalny's DNA — backing its claim of novichok poisoning.

For nearly three weeks, Angela Merkel's government stonewalled Moscow, providing no requested evidence because none exists.

Sputnik News contacted Germany's defense ministry, asking why a toxicological analysis of Navalny's condition was only available to France, Sweden, perhaps other Western governments, and the pro-Western OPCW — notorious for providing imperial tool services to the US and EU.

Why was Russia excluded from Berlin's distribution list? Lavrov stressed that Germany failed to reply to Moscow's legitimate request, adding:

"(W)e were told…that we would not receive any information without the consent of the family. They urge us to start a criminal investigation."

"We have our own laws, and according to them, we cannot open a criminal case just by taking someone's word for it. Certain procedures must be observed."

Evidence of a crime must exist to initiate an investigation. There is none as long as Germany fails to make public what it claims to have.

Russia cannot start a criminal investigation because "we don't yet have legal grounds for this, and this is exactly why our Prosecutor General's Office requested legal aid from Germany on August 27," Lavrov explained.

The US-led West unacceptably treats Russia "with an arrogant attitude…"

"We have NO right to doubt their rectitude and professionalism (sic)." 

"If this is the case, they believe they have the right to doubt the professionalism of our doctors and investigators." 

"This is a position that, regrettably, brings different times to mind."

Western "(a)rrogance and a feeling of one's own infallibility have already been observed in Europe and led to very sad consequences."

In the US, and presumably the West, all parties are legally entitled to full disclosure in preparation for judicial proceedings, nothing kept secret to benefit one side over the other.

Defendants especially have the right to relevant documents, witness depositions, questions and answers from interrogations, crime scene and other forensic evidence including toxicology results, police reports, raw evidence, arrest and search warrants, grand jury testimony, and other relevant data.

What's called "discovery" is all about assuring judicial fairness, or at least more than otherwise possible.

Real-life courtroom proceedings rarely include surprise evidence by any party. 

No legitimate tribunal would accept accusations without corroborating evidence.

Moscow justifiably demands release of all relevant information Germany claims to have about the Navalny incident.

Failure smacks of state-sponsored cover-up. It also shows that Berlin has no evidence of Russian involvement for what happened to Navalny.

US-led Western nations are hostile to Russian interests, how it's been for over a century, punctuated by short-term periods of cooperative relations.

There's virtually no prospect for normalized Russia/West relations ahead any time soon.

The problem lies in Washington and other Western capitals, not Moscow.

Notably post-9/11, Russia's relations with the West deteriorated.

In his notable 2007 Munich Security Conference address, Putin said the following:

"(W)e would like to interact with responsible and independent partners with whom we could work together in constructing a fair and democratic world order that would ensure security and prosperity not only for a select few, but for all."

Instead he's been largely spurned and scorned by the US-dominated West for not subordinating Russian sovereignty to their interests.

The Navalny incident is the latest example of an East/West divide, a made-in-the-USA clash of civilizations that risks possible direct confrontation with super-weapons able to end life on earth if used in enough numbers.

A Final Comment

On Monday, RT reported that Berlin failed to answer its questions during a press conference about the Navalny incident — including about a "woman identified by Russian authorities as 'Marina Pevchikh.' "

Instead, Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said the following:

"I can't tell you anything about this. We must not forget that an attempt was made on the life of Mr Navalny with the use of a poisonous substance. But I can't tell you anything about the location of an individual."

RT explained that Pevchikh is a Russian citizen believed to have UK residency, perhaps citizenship.

It stressed that "German officials…failed to explain how (she) obtain(ed) a permit to enter the country" straightaway after the Navalny incident occurred, adding:

"(L)ittle is…known about" a woman who's close to Navalny, frequently accompanying him on trips.

Russian police seek information on her precise whereabouts. After refusing to answer their questions, she left the country for Germany last month when Navalny was flown to Berlin for treatment.

Russian authorities seek information on what she knows about events relating to Navalny's illness.

According to a Russian police statement, five of six individuals who accompanied him to Tomsk were interviewed, not Pezvchikh who refused to cooperate.

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