Germany: Government spokesperson says ball in Russia's court with Navalny investigation

21 сентября 2020 г. 21:56

German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert commented that Russia has «all the possibilities» to do an investigation into the alleged poisoning, at the weekly federal press conference on Monday in Berlin. When probed on the investigation into the case, Seibert gave a curt response, pointing out that rogatory letters from Russia are «under consideration» and that the Berlin judiciary will act accordingly, stating he had «nothing new to say.» Rogatory letters are formal requests from a court to a foreign court for judicial assistance. The renewed attention on the case comes after Navalny shared pictures of his recovery on social media, namely the fact he is out of bed and walking. Russia «has evidence and samples of Mr Navalny,» Seibert added, as Navalny released a statement earlier in the day urging Russia to return his clothes, saying he had been delivered to Germany «totally naked.» German finance ministry spokesperson, Kristina Wogatzki, defended the measures taken against banks after questions on the leaked documents alleging trillions of dollars are being laundered through large financial institutions, stating, «Finance Minister [Olaf] Scholz acted correctly when he pursued extensive measures after his inauguration 2018,» and «cases with a relation to Germany, that have been become known, have been processed and the necessary consequences have been taken.» The FinCEN files, a series of leaked documents obtained by BuzzFeed News and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, reports that HSBC and Barclays were among several international banks to play a key role in facilitating suspicious money transactions around the world. The allegations go back as far as twenty years. International banks among which JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered were also cited in the leaked documents. Maria Adebahr, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, underlined that Germany rejects the US's «policy of maximum force against Iran,» whilst highlighting, «Iran should return to its duties within the nuclear deal as fast as possible and as much as possible.» This came after the Trump administration moved to reinstate sanctions on Iran after they breached some terms of the nuclear deal, Trump's move was dismissed by almost every member of the UN Security Council.

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