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About the publication regarding the situation around Russian citizen Alexei Navalny by The Japan Times editorial board

   We were perplexed by another anti-Russian publication by The Japan Times editorial board on September 11th regarding the situation around Russian citizen Alexei Navalny.

   We are compelled to note that it is not the first time that this Japanese newspaper publishes such biased materials about Russia. Previously we sent our detailed comments on other topics to the editorial board; however, unfortunately, there was no reaction. Apparently, this is how The Japan Times perceives the concept of "objectiveness".

   As for the situation around Alexei Navalny, we firmly reject groundless accusations of and ultimatums to Russia in the light of the illness and hospitalization of the Russian citizen, as well as attempts to use the situation around him to demonize our country on the international arena.

   The insinuations imposed by the Japanese newspaper are unfounded and contrary to common sense. The primary duty of any state, including Russia, is to ensure safety of its citizens.

   At the same time, we take note of Germany’s unconstructive position. The German side has not responded to the official request, submitted by the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia on August 27th, to provide data on Alexei Navalny's medical examination, including the results of the biochemical tests. Meanwhile, these materials were sent very quickly, for example, to France or the UK. Russia, the life and health of the citizen of which is now so actively discussed, is offered to receive them "at third hand", through the OPCW. Such Berlin’s approach indicates its reluctance to establish the truth in the situation around Alexei Navalny. We insist that our request be granted.

   Without the above-mentioned information, the Russian law enforcement agencies are unable to engage all the necessary procedural mechanisms in order to establish the circumstances of the incident. In this regard, it is appropriate to note that no evidence of poisoning was found by doctors during the patient’s examination in Omsk on August 21 and 22.

   As far as the so-called “Novichok” is concerned, we would like to remind that specialists from many Western countries and specialized NATO structures have been developing such toxic chemical compounds of nerve agents for years. And, for example, only in the United States there have been officially issued more than 150 patents to the developers of this agent.

   In conclusion, we would like to wish The Japan Times to more consistently implement its motto, which they place on the front page of each issue – "All the news without fear or favor". So far, unfortunately, it can not be applied to the materials from the Russian Embassy in Tokyo.