Germany Plays Double Game, Delays Navalny Probe: Zakharova

Berlin, which calls on Moscow to take urgent steps on investigating the incident with Russian blogger Alexei Navalny, is deliberately delaying this process by not responding to Russia’s request, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Sunday as reported by TASS.

According to the diplomat, Berlin’s justice department received a request from Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office, which was sent on August 27, only on Friday. “Where is this urgency on which you are insisting? It is the German side that lacks it very much,” she stressed.

“By not sending the response Berlin is stonewalling the investigation process, which it has been demanding. Is this done on purpose?” Zakharova said.

“If the German government’s statements are sincere, it should be interested itself in preparing a response to the request by the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office in the shortest term possible,” Zakharova said. “Now there is no confidence that Germany is not playing a double game.”