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Germany: Don't criticise us for being bearer of bad news on Navalny's poisoning

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart after talks in Berlin, Germany September 14, 2020. Odd Andersen/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - The fact that independent laboratories in other countries have confirmed Germany’s conclusion that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Russian military nerve agent should bring an end to criticism of Germany’s finding, Germany’s foreign minister said.

Earlier on Monday, the German government announced that laboratories in France and Sweden had tested samples taken from the Kremlin critic, who is recovering in a Berlin hospital, and found that Novichok, a Soviet-style nerve agent, had caused his sudden illness.

“We do not expect the bearer of bad news - namely us - to be criticised any more,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told a news conference in Berlin.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Adair