MOSCOW, February 20 – RIA Novosti. For the fifth time, the competent authorities of Germany refused to respond to Russia's request on the situation with Alexei Navalny, which may indicate that Germany is ignoring the provisions of the European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office reports.
“To the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation dated January 21, 2021, the competent authorities of Germany received a response containing another refusal to cooperate in clarifying the circumstances that led to Navalny's hospitalization,” the message says.
It is noted that the tonality of the letter received from foreign colleagues and its content cause deep regret on the Russian side. “It is obvious that the German side, under far-fetched pretexts, is actually evading answers, avoiding questions that are inconvenient for it,” the department notes.
“This fact cannot be regarded as anything other than ignorance on the part of the competent authorities of the Federal Republic of Germany of the obligations arising from the European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters of 20.04.1959,” the department explained.
In turn, the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, emphasizing “Russia's readiness for fruitful cooperation,” called on Germany “to reconsider this unconstructive approach.”