German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny in a Berlin hospital where he was recovering from what European experts have determined was poisoning with a military-grade nerve agent.
Alexei Navalny says German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited him in hospital.
Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny while he was undergoing treatment for poisoning in a Berlin hospital, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday.
Seibert confirmed Navalny’s own report that the “personal visit” took place, but declined to provide further details.
The 44-year-old Navalny wrote on Twitter on September 28 that it was a “private visit and a conversation with the family.”
He added that he was “very grateful” to Merkel for visiting him in Berlin’s Charite hospital, where he spent 32 days.
Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told a news conference on September 28 that it was a “personal visit to Navalny in hospital,” declining to disclose details of what was said or how long the meeting lasted.