Russia accuses West of Navalny hysteria

Russia is accusing the West of descending into hysteria over the jailing of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

The Kremlin also says police had been right to use force to break up protests over his imprisonment.

On Tuesday a Moscow court sentenced the prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin to three and a half years for parole violations.

Navalny says the charges are trumped up to sideline him.

His supporters had tried to gather to show support during the ruling and then took to the streets afterwards to protest.

Russian authorities shut down some central metro stations and detained more than 1,400 people.

Meanwhile, the German government has said it was not ruling out further sanctions against Russia over the verdict.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said the decision against Navalny is, quote, "far from any rule of law standards" and demanded an end to violence against peaceful protesters in Russia.

This is her spokesman saying that further steps would be discussed with its European partners.