Germany expels Russian diplomats after murder in Berlin

German Foreign Ministry threatens with new measures if Russian Federation does not cooperate in investigation of the murder
19:28, 4 December 2019

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German federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they are taking over investigations into the murder of a Georgian asylum-seeker in Berlin, Deutsche Welle reports.

According to German federal prosecutors, the Russian authorities may be involved in the crime. The German Foreign Ministry said it would take new measures if Moscow did not cooperate in the investigation of the murder.

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The German Foreign Ministry said that the Russians were expelled due to the fact that the Russian authorities did not provide the investigation with adequate assistance in the investigation of the murder.

Later, the Russian ambassador to Germany, Sergei Nechaev, confirmed the recognition of two diplomats as non grata persons. “We are deeply disappointed with the approach of the German side. We consider this step as groundless and unfriendly,” - he said.

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According to the Russian mission, there is no evidence of involvement of Russian government agencies in the "incident". The embassy claims that this is an unmotivated politicization of the crime, the investigation of which has not yet been completed, "as well as a clear attempt to anticipate the results of this investigation."

As we reported, more Germans want to strengthen ties with Russia and China than with Britain and the US, according to a poll released days before a NATO summit in Hertfordshire.

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