Russia's foreign ministry on Wednesday said it had protested strongly to Berlin's envoy in Moscow over allegations made by Germany about the illness and hospitalisation of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
In a statement, the foreign ministry said it had protested against what it said was Berlin's "obvious use of the situation as a means to discredit our country on the international stage."
According to RIA news agency, the German ambassador to Moscow Geza Andreas von Geyr, arrived at Russia's foreign ministry on Wednesday after being summoned over statements made by Berlin concerning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny following his suspected poisoning last month.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier said that Berlin was showing a totally unacceptable attitude towards Moscow’s legitimate demands and requests regarding the Navalny situation, TASS news agency reported.
Navalny, 44, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Germany last month after collapsing on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow. Germany has concluded he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.