Berlin Murder: Russia Expels German Diplomats

In Politics 2019-12-12 13:45:22
Berlin Murder: Russia Expels German Diplomats
Berlin Murder: Russia Expels German Diplomats

By Jude Chukwuemeka

 

A BBC report says Russia has expelled two German diplomats in retaliation for a similar move by Berlin over suspicions that Moscow ordered the killing of an ethnic Chechen in the German capital.

 

It was reported that last week, the German government threw out two Russian diplomats.

 

Germany suspects Russia or Russia's Chechen republic ordered the murder in August of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian national, but Russia denies having any part in it.

 

Berlin reports that it regrets the diplomats expulsions, but the Kremlin said they were a standard diplomatic move that must be made.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin previously called the man murdered in Berlin a "bandit", but denied that his country had been involved in his death.

 

German media on the other hand, compared the attack on Khangoshvili, a member of Georgia's ethnic Chechen community, to the attempted murder of Russian former intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK last year.

It is still unknown to what extent the latest row between the two countries will rise.