© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes half in a rally to mark the fifth anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s homicide and to protest towards proposed amendments to the nation’s structure, in Moscow
By Alexander Marrow and Tom Balmforth
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia summoned Germany’s ambassador on Wednesday to accuse Berlin of utilizing the case of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to discredit Moscow and demanded that Germany instantly hand over medical information about his sickness.
Navalny, an opponent of President Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Berlin for therapy after falling sick in Russia.
Germany says he was poisoned with a uncommon nerve agent, however Moscow says it has seen no stable proof of that in a case prompting Western calls for brand new sanctions on Moscow.
“A powerful protest was made to the ambassador in reference to Germany’s unfounded accusations and ultimatums … in addition to Berlin’s apparent use of the state of affairs to discredit our nation on the worldwide stage,” Russia’s international ministry stated.
Moscow, it added, advised the German envoy that Russia anticipated a response to an Aug. 27 request for info together with all medical information, biomaterials, examination outcomes and check samples to be studied and verified.
German authorities vice-spokeswoman Martina Fietz stated it had completed every little thing vital to assist reply Russian requests and Navalny’s case was now a matter for the judiciary.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated earlier that Russia would wish to see correct medical info indicating Navalny was poisoned earlier than Moscow might open an investigation.
Navalny’s lawyer advised German tv station SWR that Russia was actively stopping an investigation. Vyacheslav Grimaldi added that he would take the case to the European Court docket of Human Rights ought to authorized avenues in Russia be exhausted.
The German ambassador to Moscow spent round two hours contained in the international ministry earlier than leaving with out making any feedback to reporters.
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