Russia expels German diplomats in tit-for-tat move

Russia expels German diplomats in tit-for-tat move
Russia’s foreign ministry building in Moscow

Russia notifies the German ambassador to Moscow that it was expelling two German diplomats in retaliation for a similar move taken by Berlin.

The German envoy was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry and briefed about the pending expulsions on Monday, Reuters reported.

Germany’s foreign office said the Russian side had told it that the expulsions was a reciprocal measure.

“This move comes as no surprise, but it is completely unwarranted from the federal government’s perspective,” it said in a statement. “Today’s decision by Russia’s foreign ministry puts renewed strain on the relationship.”

Berlin had ejected the Russian officials less than a week earlier, citing a German court verdict that had found Moscow culpable in the alleged murder of a former Chechen militant in the German capital’s Tiergarten park.

Russia’s foreign ministry said the German court verdict was of a “clear political order” in…

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