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Russian expulsion of German diplomats ‘unjustified’: Berlin

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This photo taken on August 23, 2019 shows forensic experts of the police securing evidences at the site of a crime scene in a park of Berlin’s Moabit district, where a man of Georgian origin was shot dead. – Russia said Thursday, December 12, 2019, it was expelling two German diplomats, in a tit-for-tat move after Berlin ejected two Russians over the killing of a former Chechen commander in a Berlin park. (Photo by Christoph Soeder / DPA / AFP) / Germany OUT

Russia’s decision to expel two German diplomats in a tit-for-tat action is “unjustified”, Germany’s foreign ministry said Thursday, warning that Berlin could take “further action” in the escalating row.

Moscow’s move “sends the wrong signal and is unjustified,” said a foreign ministry spokeswoman.

Russia took retaliatory action after Germany last week threw out two Russian envoys over the killing of a former Chechen rebel commander in a Berlin park.

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian national, was shot twice in the head at close range in Kleiner Tiergarten park on August 23, allegedly by a Russian man who was arrested shortly afterwards.

German prosecutors have said Moscow could be behind the assassination.

“A serious and immediate cooperation of the Russian authorities is urgently required,” said the spokeswoman, warning that “the government reserves to take further action in this matter in the light of the investigations”.


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