Ambassador Andrei Kelin meets with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Director General Thomas Drew

On 7 September 2020, Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Director General Thomas Drew discussed the situation regarding the hospitalisation of Alexei Navalny. The British side has called for an investigation of the case.

The Ambassador stressed that voicing unsubstantiated accusations and politicising an essentially medical and legal matter was unacceptable. His Excellency also expressed interest in identifying all facts related to the incident. Actions undertaken by the Russian side in pursuit of this aim have also been clarified. The fact that Germany was not prepared to respond to the official request for assistance sent by the competent Russian authorities was brought to attention.

As regards the allegations of Mr Navalny having been poisoned with a banned chemical substance, Ambassador Kelin reiterated Russia’s full commitment to the Convention on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

7 September 2020, 19:00