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Russia strongly protests to Berlin's Moscow envoy over Navalny allegations

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - 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.”

Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alex Richardson