The European Union announced this Friday that it hopes Russia will treat the transfer of opposition leader Alexei Navalni after alleged poisoning at the request of his family in Germany.
“We hope that Russia will honor its commitment to enable the safe and rapid transfer of Navalni for medical treatment, as his family wishes,” said a spokeswoman for the EU External Action Service.
European diplomacy has publicly thanked a German NGO’s offer to deal with Navalni in Berlin and stated that it is closely following the case and maintaining direct contact with the opposition foundation.
At the moment the doctors treating him have refused to approve his transfer. Navalni spokeswoman Kira Yarmish says doctors are pressured by the Kremlin to refuse permission. In addition, they rejected the poisoning hypothesis, pointing out that the opponent was most likely suffering from a “metabolic disorder”.