The Russian Foreign Ministry has declared two German diplomats persona non grata over the Berlin Park Assassination verdict
The expulsion of the German diplomats came after Berlin also expelled two Russian diplomats after a German court last week ruled that Moscow was responsible for the 2019 murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, an ex-Chechen commander in a Berlin park.
“The German ambassador was informed that two diplomatic employees of the German embassy in Russia were declared ‘persona non grata’ as an asymmetrical response,” said Russia’s foreign ministry.
Germany’s foreign ministry commented that the expulsion was not surprising.
“This move comes as no surprise, but it is completely unwarranted from the federal government’s perspective. Today’s decision by Russia’s Foreign Ministry puts renewed strain on the relationship,” said the German Foreign ministry.
Moscow has not yet announced when the German diplomats are expected to leave.
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