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In a tit-for-tat move, Moscow expels 2 German Diplomats

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Russia, on Monday, expelled two German diplomats in a retaliatory move. This after Germany earlier expelled two Russian diplomats. 

In a retaliatory move, Moscow on Monday expelled two German diplomats from the country. This is after Berlin asked two Russian diplomats to leave Germany over the court’s verdict stating the involvement of Russian authorities in the assassination of an ex-Chechen commander in a Berlin Park two years ago. A court in Germany had sentenced Vadim Krasikov, a Russian operative for murdering Tornike Khangoshvili in Berlin. He has been convicted of murder and has been sentenced to life imprisonment. German officials, after the verdict, summoned the Russian Ambassador and even announced the move to expel two Russian diplomats from the country. 

On the other hand, Kremlin has called this verdict absurd and decided to hit back. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia, on Monday, summoned Geza Andreas von Geyr, the German Ambassador to Russia, and conveyed to him the decision to declare two employees working at the mission ‘personae non-gratae.’ The ministry further rejected the German court verdict stating the involvement of the Russian state in the murder at the Berlin Park. This move by Russia is said to be a retaliatory move in response to Germany’s decision to expel two Russian diplomats from the country. 

However, the Russian Foreign Ministry has not stated any specific time for the German diplomats to leave the country. The Foreign Ministry further added that Moscow will continue to respond in kind to any “potential confrontational moves by Berlin”. The tension between the Russian Federation and Germany has been growing in recent times and this expulsion of diplomats by both countries has escalated things further. 

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