Deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer welcomed the «promising» improvement in the health of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, at a regular press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.
A picture of Navalny from his hospital bed along with family members was posted to his Instagram account on Tuesday.
Justice Ministry spokesperson Marius Leber also confirmed that Germany had received a second request from Russia for legal assistance on the case, while Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said that no meetings had been confirmed to take place between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Heiko Maas.
Interior Ministry spokesperson Steve Alter commented on reports of far-right chat groups among police officers in North Rhein-Westphalia, where officers reportedly shared neo-Nazi imagery including pictures of Adolf Hitler and migrants in gas chambers.
«The reports we hear are considerably alarming. The Northern Rhein Westphalia Interior Minister has already commented that and said that is a shame for the police in Northern Rhein Westphalia and a slap in the face,» said Alter.
Navalny arrived in Berlin aboard a medical plane on August 22, after falling ill during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow on August 20. The original plane had been forced to make an emergency landing in Omsk where Navalny was rushed to hospital. The hospital in Omsk where Navalny was initially treated had dismissed the possibility of poisoning.