According to Reuters, speaking to the press today 2-9, Mr. Maas strongly condemned the attack on Russian political opposition Alexei Navalny.
“This shows that it is urgent to find those responsible in Russia and force them to blame,” the German foreign minister said.
Reuters news agency also quoted information from the hospital treating Alexei Navalny in Germany said he is still having mechanical ventilation in the intensive treatment room and is expected to have long-term treatment. The hospital said it does not rule out the possibility that Mr. Alexei Navalny will suffer from long-lasting sequelae.
Earlier, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the results of blood samples by Alexei Navalny conducted at a German military laboratory showed “clear evidence” of the politician. The Russian opposition was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.
A poison of this same group was also used two years ago in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the city of Salisbury (England). Mr. Sergei Skripal escaped that time.
“The German federal government will notify its partners in the EU and NATO about the results of the investigation,” added Mr. Seibert. “The government will also discuss with partners on a common response method on the basis of Russian response,” said the German government spokesman.
Russia is still being sanctioned by Western countries after the annexation of Crimea six years ago.
Mr. Navalny, 44, has been taken by the plane to Germany since the end of last month. He lost consciousness and coma on a flight from Tomsk city in Siberia to Moscow (Moscow). His servants accused him of being poisoned after drinking a cup of black tea at the airport.
According to RIA news agency (Russia), a Kremlin spokesperson said the German side had not informed the Russian government that they believed Navalny had been poisoned by Novichok.
Novichok is a group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet army in the 1970s and 1980s.