CNN: State Department accused FSB of poisoning Navalny
Russia opposition leader poisoned in underpants, FSB agent says
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the involvement of the Russian authorities – the only plausible explanation for what happened
For the first time, the US State Department directly accused the FSB of poisoning Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, CNN reported..
The State Department transmitted its statement to the broadcaster in response to its request a few days after the first direct evidence of the agency’s involvement in the poisoning appeared..
«US believes Russian FSB officers used nerve agent "Newbie" for the poisoning of Navalny. There are no other plausible explanations for Navalny’s poisoning other than the involvement and responsibility of the Russian government., – State Department spokesman said. – Of course, President Putin and the Russian government would like us to think differently».
A State Department spokesman added that Russia’s failure to answer questions about Navalny’s poisoning speaks volumes..
«Russia has put forward a variety of often conflicting conspiracy theories, – said the spokesman for the foreign ministry. – Let’s be clear: similar conspiracy theories – this is nothing more than an opportunity to divert attention from serious questions that have been asked to the Russian government and to which it has not yet answered».
Investigations conducted by CNN in collaboration with Bellingcat revealed that a group of 6-10 FSB agents specialized in poisonous substances had been tracking Navalny for more than three years before he was poisoned in August by a deadly nerve agent..
This message was followed by a confession by a Russian agent tasked with following Navalny that they had inflicted a nerve agent on his underwear..
The statement, which was made not on behalf of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but on behalf of an unnamed State Department official, said the United States supports the findings of an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
«The United States has full confidence in the OPCW’s findings, which have confirmed previous findings from German, French and Swedish laboratories that Navalny was exposed to … a nerve agent "Newbie"», – State Department spokesman said