The poisoning of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny has been confirmed by laboratories in Sweden and France, the German federal government, which had requested the cooperation of those two countries.
A German army laboratory had already determined that Navalny had been poisoned with a Novichok group toxic agent.
The German government reported the case to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), whose laboratories are also carrying out the relevant analyzes, government spokesman Steffen Seibert reported.
The German government, according to a statement from Seibert, is discussed next steps with its European partners.
Navalny collapsed during a flight from Siberia to Moscow, forcing an emergency landing in Omsk, where he received treatment at a local hospital.
The Russian doctors who treated him claimed to have found no traces of poisoning and attributed the collapse to metabolism problems.
Later, at the request of the family and his collaborators, Navalny was transferred to Berlin, where he is being treated at the La Charité university hospital.
Already the first exams carried out in that medical center showed signs of poisoning Therefore, the cooperation of a specialized laboratory of the German army was requested, which confirmed the initial suspicion.
Although Navalny’s transfer to Germany was the result of a private initiative, the Government has assumed part of the information about the case since the results of the tests were known in the army laboratory.
The Navalny case has generated diplomatic tensions between Berlin and Moscow.
Navalny has already awakened from the induced coma where he was and according to the doctors at La Charité he reacts when spoken to.
Since his arrival in Berlin Navalny has been under police protection with a device that has been hardened after he woke up from a coma.