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Russia says it has seen hostile comments from abroad on Navalny's health

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had noticed multiple hostile statements directed at Russia on the topic of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s health, after Germany said he had been poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent.

“In relation to these presumptuous comments that... (Novichok) was developed here, it is imperative to say the following,” the ministry wrote in statement.

“For many years, specialists in many Western and countries and in the specialised structures of NATO have worked with this wide-ranging group of chemical components.”

Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Toby Chopra