German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out the possibility of her government imposing sanctions against the Russian Federation in connection with the murder in Berlin of a Chechen field commander, Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili. Merkel said this during a press conference following a virtual meeting of EU leaders on Friday, June 19, as Deutsche Welle reports.
"We reserve what kind of reaction we will turn to, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs has already stated (Heiko Maas, - 112 International). First, we need to wait for the negotiations to show," Merkel said, answering the question about the likelihood of new sanctions against the Russian Federation for contract killings in Berlin.
On June 18, the German Federal Prosecutor's Office charged the Russian government with contract killings of Khangoshvili. According to the prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe, the Russian authorities ordered him to eliminate the accused man, Vadim K.
As we reported before, German federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday, 4 December, that they were taking over investigations into the murder of a Georgian asylum-seeker in Berlin.