German government spokesman Stephen Seibert said that Alexei Navalny, a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was poisoned with “Novichok.”
Navalny, 44, is currently in a coma at a Berlin hospital.
Seibert added in an e-mailed statement that the toxicology tests carried out on samples of Navalny’s blood in a German army laboratory revealed “irrefutable evidence” that the most prominent Russian exhibitor had been poisoned with Novichok.
“The federal government will inform its partners in NATO and the European Union of the results of the investigation … The government will discuss an appropriate joint response with the partners in light of the Russian response,” Seibert said.
The Russian Information Agency quoted a Kremlin spokesman saying that Germany had not informed Russia directly of the results that Novichok had poisoned Navalny.