World Germany and France condemn the expulsion of diplomats by Moscow
Growing tensions: Germany expels Russian diplomats
Poland and Sweden are also taking such measures - in response to Moscow's expulsion of diplomats. In the background stands the case of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. © Valery Sharifulin / imago images / ITAR-TASS Participation in demonstrations for the Kremlin critic Navalny - this is how Russia justified the expulsion of diplomats from three EU countries. Germany, Poland and Sweden responded by expelling Russian embassy staff.
RUSSIA-POLITICS-GERMANY-FRANCE: Germany and France condemn the expulsion of diplomats by Moscow
PARIS (Reuters) - Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on Friday condemned Russia's expulsion of German, Polish and Swedish diplomats accused of participating in illegal support rallies in favor of the opponent Alexeï Navalny.
At the end of a virtual Franco-German defense council, the German Chancellor described this decision as unjustified and declared that Berlin reserved the right to take retaliatory measures, including individual measures, against Russia.
Emmanuel Macron condemned these expulsions "with the greatest firmness". "I think we do not manage political tensions in this way," added the French president, saying he is in solidarity with Germany, Sweden and Poland.
(Jean-Stéphane Brosse, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)
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