‘Unfriendly and unjustified’: Moscow slams Germany’s decision to expel 2 Russian diplomats, promises to retaliate

FILE PHOTO View of the Russian embassy building in Berlin © AFP / JOHN MACDOUGALL


The expulsion of Russian diplomats by Germany is an unfriendly and unjustified move, the Russian Foreign Ministry believes. It promised to respond in kind.

The German government earlier announced it ordered two employees of the Russian Embassy in Berlin to leave the country. It said it was meant to show that Berlin was unhappy with Moscow’s response to a German investigation into a high-profile killing of a Georgian man which happened on its soil in August. Berlin said Russia was not doing enough to assist the probe.

Responding to the news on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it considered the German move “unjustified and unfriendly” and that is demonstrated an unacceptable “politicized approach to the investigation.”

We are forced to implement an array of retaliatory measures.

The victim in the murder investigation, who is identified as Tornike K., was shot in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park. German authorities alleged the crime may be tied to officials in the Russian government or in Russia’s Chechen Republic.

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