Amid the outbreak of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Georgia, the committee regards the appearance of people who may be carriers of the infection near the territory of South Ossetia as a deliberate provocation that could negatively affect the epidemiological situation in South Ossetia… Also, there are no “occupying forces” in South Ossetia. It is a state, recognised by a number of countries of the international community.
Without the original Novichok sample to compare the analysis made with a mass spectrometer, it is impossible to know if the traces found in Alexei Navalny are really Novichok. This is a huge inconsistency and it makes us doubt the veracity of the public declarations.
A specialist Bundeswehr laboratory carried out toxicological tests on samples from Alexei Navalny. The results of these tests have revealed unequivocal proof of the presence of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group. (...) Moreover, the Federal Government has requested that France and Sweden as European partners conduct an independent examination of the German evidence, based on new samples taken from Mr Navalny. The results of this examination by specialist laboratories in France and Sweden have meanwhile been released and confirm the German findings.
Mass spectrometry can be used to discover very low traces of substances and even deal with unknown substances since it shatters the molecules into charged fragments which, by their mass/charge ratio, behave differently in electromagnetic fields. Moreover, the public database of the National Institute of Standard and Technology contains both the mass spectrum of A-234 and the mass spectrum of the agent used in the Ivan Kivelidi killing in 1995. The scientific literature discusses those issues. For instance, the 3rd Edition of the Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents includes now a chapter on the use of the Novichok agent in the UK. The online media Meduza interviewed Marc-Michael Blum, a biochemist who studies decontamination, countermeasures, and mitigation of chemical warfare agents who explains how to proceed with an analysis with mass spectrometry from biological samples. Stating that identifying the poison is technically impossible and therefore the laboratories German, French and Swedish lie for political reasons is a lie. Read also on the Navalny poisoning case: Alexei Navalny was poisoned by an MI6 agent, German doctors are silenced, Navalny's recovery disproves poisoning by Novichok.