Traces of nerve agent found in water bottle in Navalny's hotel room, colleagues say

Traces of nerve agent found in water bottle in Navalny's hotel room, colleagues say
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Representatives for Alexei Navalny said Thursday that traces of the Novichok nerve agent were found on at least one water bottle in the Kremlin critic's hotel room in Siberia.

In an Instagram post, Navalny's team shared video of them gathering items from his hotel room after the poisoning while wearing protective equipment, including several water bottles. A caption accompanying the video indicated that a German lab had confirmed the presence of Novichok on at least one bottle.

"This is a bottle from a room in a Tomsk hotel where Navalny himself and our entire film crew stayed," reads the translated caption. "The so-called 'bottle with Novichok,' well, or rather, an ordinary plastic bottle from under water, on which traces of a chemical warfare agent were later found in a German laboratory."


French and Swedish labs have confirmed Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, while Russian officials have deflected, claiming that Navalny fell ill on a flight between the Russian cities of Tomsk and Moscow.

“The perfect action of pilots, ambulance crew and doctors is being presented as a ‘happy coincidence,’” said Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister.

“They dare to question the professionalism of our doctors, our investigators,” he added. “Arrogance and a sense of one’s own infallibility have been seen in Europe before, and the consequences were very sad.”


European leaders have called on Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden: Countries that interfere in U.S. elections will 'pay a price' Biden swipes at Trump ally Giuliani at debate: He's 'being used as a Russian pawn' Trump pushing to declassify document disputing intel findings on Russia: report MORE to answer questions about the alleged assassination attempt, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE has stated that he has not seen evidence yet linking Putin to the suspected poisoning.

“We haven’t had any proof yet,” he told reporters during a White House briefing.

“I would be very angry if that’s the case, so we’ll take a look at the numbers and the documents, because we’re going to be sent a lot of documents over the next few days,” Trump added.